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From the Editor's Desk 

In this issue of the Newsnotes we've attempted to set before you the 
changes (and reasons for those changes) which have transformed edu- 
cation at Newton, 1970 style. I would like to make a personal affidavit 
(and sort of footnote) to what appears in the following pages. 

Please keep in mind that, although I am not yet thirty, I am now (like 
it or not) a member of the older generation. I enrolled at Newton in 
1962, before Mario Savio and Berkeley, before Vietnam and Kent State, 
before Women's Lib, before the radicalization of the Black Panthers, 
and the politicization of Dr. Spock. I do not say this by way of apology, 
but rather to show that perhaps I can serve as a bridge between you 
and Newton. I want to tell you that I am fully convinced that what is 
going on here academically is not radical-revolutionary, anti-religious, 
wild, or frightening, but rather liberal (in the best sense of the word), 
stimulating, exciting, solid, enlightening, and simply terrific! It's enough 
to really make me wish I could come back and do it again. Really. 

Peace and happy Christmas. 

Catherine Beyer Hurst, Editor 
Newton Newsnotes 


ewtoTi . 

Volume III Number 1 

December 1970 

Claire Kondolf, R.S.C.J. 
Director of College Develop- 
ment and Public Relations 

Catherine Beyer Hurst '66 

Rosemary Stuart Dwyer '58 
Alumnae Secretary 

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COVER PHOTO: Orientation Week, September, 1970. 


Write On 

Letters to the Editor 

Dear Editor: 

Your note "From the Editor's Desk" 
in tlie July issue of Newton News- 
notes, with its reference to a "Letters 
to the Editor" column, together with 
the memorial page for Sister Eleanor 
S. Kenny, prompt me to pass along 
a remark made to me by Sister Kenny 
on the only occasion of our meeting, 
a remark that revealed Sister Kenny 
as one who was always young in 
heart and spirit. 

Last fall, I had the honor to be in- 
vited to participate in the Mass of 
Dedication of the Barry Science Pa- 
vilion, and the great good fortune to 
be seated next to Sister Kenny. We 
chatted briefly, before the Mass, 
about the students of today. Sister 
Kenny expressed her confidence in 
young people and their ability to take 
on the responsibilities of leadership. 
Then she added, "You know, early 
in my life, an older nun said some- 
thing on this matter that I have never 
forgotten : 'The wheel is never turned 
by the water that has passed.' " 

Sister Kenny never was the water that 
had passed: she was always young 
enough to turn the wheel herself. But 
more important than that she had 
faith in those who would follow after 
her. This is a faith we all need. 

Robert T. Beyer 

Chairman, Department of Physics 
Brown University 
Providence, Rhode Island 

Dear Editor: 

Allow me to congratulate you on 
your new appointment. I admire you 
tremendously for the time and effort 
you have expended; I am sure at 
times you must think it a thankless 
task. Believe me, and I do not speak 
for myself alone, your efforts are in- 
deed noted and appreciated. 

Much luck to you and your staff. 

Susan Carrell Norris '66 
Sausalito, California 

Dear Editor: 

My congratulations on the success 
of the Newsnotes. I always look for- 
ward to receiving a copy. 

I found the article on Dr. DiBene- 
detto (July 1970) very interesting. 
He is such a terrific person, with a 
great mind and personality. 

Marilyn Flynn McGuire '66 
White Plains, New York 

Won't someone else write to us be- 
sides our classmates and relatives? — 


Curriculum in Focus 

IT IS A seeming contradiction that tradition can only be maintained 
through constant change. But in order to preserve the spirit of tradi- 
tion, it is often necessary to alter the manner in which it is presented, to 
assure the maximum amount of communication between the institution 
and the student. 

Newton College's primary goal has always been to maintain and ad- 
vance the tradition of academic excellence which is the hallmark of the 
Society of the Sacred Heart. This year, with a series of sweeping revi- 
sions (the first major curriculum changes in twelve years), Newton is 
entering upon a new decade in time and character, with the establish- 
ment of a vital and relevant curriculum for the '70's. 

A brief review of the events leading up to the curricular revisions may 
serve as background for our discussion. During the academic year 
1968-1969, organized committees composed of students and faculty 
considered possible modifications of the curriculum and made proposals 
to the Administration. In 1969-1970, the study of Newton's educa- 
tional process was finally focused in the Academic Policy Committee, 
formed with student and faculty membership under the chairmanship 
of the Dean, Sister Mary Quinlan. By January, 1970, the Committee 
had prepared a number of proposals, and by April, consensus had been 
achieved on most points. 

In a statement describing the changes. Dr. James J. Whalen, president 
of the College, explained the major subject of debate: 

It was generally agreed that the Study of Western Culture provided an 
opportunity for integrating one's knowledge and was thus usually 
more valuable educationally than a selection of courses from various 
subject matter areas. Yet the need to allow for more freedom of 
choice remained. 

The final recommendations of the Academic Policy Committee were as 
follows : 

1 ) Every student shall successfully complete either four semesters 
of SWC, or a comparable program proposed by the student and 
approved through the office of the Academic Dean. 

2) Every student shall demonstrate proficiency in English compo- 


Communication: The Channels 

New at Newton this year are several interdisciplinary majors. These 
have been in demand for many years to fill the need of the student who 
wishes to pursue on a broader basis the integration of knowledge of- 
fered her by SWC. Precursor of these new majors is the American Stud-- 
ies major, established five years ago. It affords the student the possibility 
of concentrating her attention on the political, social, and cultural his- 
tory of the United States, as she takes courses dealing with American 
art, government, philosophy, literature, music, economic structure, and 

The first of the new interdisciplinary majors. Comparative Literature, 
gives the student an opportunity to pursue language training, and to 
use this training in the study of comparative literature. It seeks to in- 
tensify the student's appreciation of national literary phenomena by 
viewing them as part of a series of international literary movements. 
Majors are asked to work in at least two languages (one of which may 
be English) , though non-majors may work entirely in translation. 

A major in Pre-medical Studies involves work in biology, chemistry, 
physics, and mathematics while leaving enough flexibility for the stu- 
dent to meet the sometimes differing requirements of several medical 

Finally, the Liberal Studies major is Newton's first large-scale model 
for a curriculum which will not be discipline-centered, and yet will give 
the student a co-ordinated learning experience, equip her with basic 
skills for thinking along the lines of several disciplines, and provide her 
the opportunity to co-operate with faculty advisors in shaping her own 
undergraduate career. Students who are selected to pursue the program 
must choose a specific problem to be solved or investigated, and suggest 
how they plan to proceed. The Senior Project is particularly important, 
since it is through the chaimel of a lengthy scholarly paper that the stu- 
dent can best communicate the resolution of her studies. 

These majors are, of course, in addition to the traditional areas of 
Art, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Classics (offered in conjunction 
with Boston College), Economics, English, French, German, History, 
Mathematics, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Physics (offered in con- 
junction with Boston College), Political Science, Psychology, Religion, 
Sociology, and Spanish which continue to be studied at Newton. 

There are also two fields of study — education and music — which, 
though not constituting major fields, offer a sequence of courses amount- 
ing to thirty semester hours and are open to all students. The education 
program, which meets the certification requirements of Massachusetts 
and most other states, has been completely redesigned, in an attempt 
to bring as much varied field experience in community education set- 
tings as possible within the range of the students. 


Communication: The Mechanics 

Newton's new academic calendar is an integral part of the new cur- 
riculum. The fall semester began this year on September 10 (several 
weeks earHer than usual) and will continue through December 22, with 
examinations being held before Christmas. Spring semester will com- 
mence on February 1 and run through May 25. This arrangement com- 
bines the Christmas and semester break holidays, and will allow students 
and faculty both to travel, write, hold a job, or engage in other extended 

The new grading system is as follows: 

Letter Grade 

Grade Points 











no credit 

In addition, sophomores, juniors, and seniors may take up to six courses 
in three years on a Pass/Fail basis. The decision to take a course on 
this basis must be made at the time of registration or during the first 
three weeks of the semester. A portfolio of recommendations and evalu- 
ations of each student will be kept in the department of her major field, 
and will be used in interpreting her record. Students are required to 
accumulate 128 credits, while maintaining a 2.0 average, and are ordi- 
narily not allowed to take more than sixteen credits per semester. 

New programs are also under way to allow the student more latitude 
in varying the locale or manner of study. A student with a 3.0 average, 
and the approval of the Academic Dean and her department, has the 
option of spending her second or third year in study abroad. Closer to 
home, cross-registration is arranged with colleges and universities in the 
vicinity during fall and spring semesters. Finally, many departments of 
the College offer a program which provides the opportunity for students 
to take a course of individual study, directed by a member of the fac- 
ulty. Under this program, an eligible student may undertake a research 
project or a program of reading in a particular field. 

Communication: Coping with Variety 

One of the primary concerns of faculty, administration, and students 
alike regarding the new curriculum was that students (particularly en- 
tering freshmen) might be overwhelmed by the wealth of material at 
hand, and might tend to spread themselves too thin. In order to help 
students to deal with the new freedom, a program of guidance has been 


put into effect at Newton. Upperclass advisors were chosen to work with 
incoming students and help them determine what subjects they might 
be equipped to take. These student advisors (approximately 50 in num- 
ber, selected by Miss Janis Somerville, assistant academic dean and 
assistant professor of education) also acted as liaison between students 
and faculty. In addition, faculty advisors were chosen for each dorm. 
Mr. Kenneth Preskenis, associate professor of mathematics, served as 
faculty advisor for Keyes; Mrs. Mary McKay, assistant professor of 
English, for Hardey/Cushing; and Dr. Robert Rogers, assistant profes- 
sor of religion, for Duchesne. 

Student advisors attended meetings during Orientation Week to be 
briefed on their duties. First meetings with freshmen centered on gen- 
eral information, while later meetings focused on specific problems. 

Division Directors, Department Chairmen, and 
Program Co-ordinators 


American Studies — Mr. John H. Flannagan, Jr., Co-ordinator 

Art — Sister Ofelia Garcia, Chairman 

Economics — Dr. Donald F. Krier, Chairman 

Education — Miss Maureen Joy, Co-ordinator 

English — Dr. Helen R. Sherk, Acting Chairman 

History — Dr. Marie M. McHugh, Chairman 

Liberal Studies — Sister Mary H. Quinlan, Academic Dean, Co- 

Mathematics — Mr. Pierre Y. S. Lubenec, Chairman 
Modern Languages — Dr. Ubaldo DiBenedetto, Director 
Philosophy — Dr. Guillemine de Lacoste, Chairman 
Political Science — Dr. Philippe de Lacoste, Chairman 
Psychology — Sister Margaret M. Gorman, Chairman 
ReUgion — Dr. William Murnion, Chairman 
Science — Dr. Charles Botticelli, Director 
Sociology — Dr. Anthony Nemethy, Chairman 
Study of World Cultures — Mrs. Margaret Dever, Co-ordinator 


Communication: The Basis 

Two changes have taken place in Newton's SWC program. First of 
all, it has changed in title from Study of Western Culture to Study of 
World Cultures. And second, it is now possible to substitute an alternate 
program (approved by the Dean) for all or a part of SWC. 

The catalogue for 1970 describes the course as follows: 

It provides an opportunity to single out for attention the great 
problems which have faced Western man. By way of comparison, 
other cultures are drawn upon to illuminate the manner in which 
mankind has grappled with its questions — political, social, economic, 
philosophical, artistic, and religious. Practically all members of the 
Newton College faculty lecture in the course, and eminent scholars 
from other colleges and universities also contribute to the variety and 
richness of the educational experience. A list of readings centered 
largely on the great masterpieces of the world gives depth to the treat- 
ment of the material. 

In a recent interview, Mrs. Margaret Dever, SWC Co-ordinator since 
1961, discussed the changes in SWC and her feelings about the course. 
"At first I was very hesitant about expanding the scope of the course," 
she explained. She felt that it was difl&cult enough to do an adequate 
presentation of Western culture in the four semesters of time allotted, 
without including Eastern culture. But at a meeting with Sister Mary 

Designed by Sister Patricia Geoghegan, instructor in art. 


Quinlan, academic dean, and a young Buddhist she mentioned her fears 
that expanding the course would make it superficial. "But isn't it super- 
ficial already?" responded the young Buddhist. "There are levels of 

Also at this time, Mrs. Dever discovered a book which drastically 
changed her thinking about the whole history of the human community. 
While reading The Rise of the West by W. H. McNeill (now required 
reading for SWC students), Mrs. Dever began to realize how little she 
knew about non-Western culture and its impact on our own. "Almost 
my total education had been Western," she commented. "I began to 
realize that we are indeed, as McLuhan points out, 'a global village.' The 
Rise of the West gave me a whole new kind of marvelous grasp of 

Attention: Alumnae 

Mrs. Dever highly recommends W. H. McNeill's The Rise of 
the West, especially for former SWC students. If this piques your 
interest, and the response is sufficient, Mrs. Dever will be glad to 
prepare a post-graduate SWC reading list. If you are interested, 
please send a card with the words "SWC reading Hst" to: 

Mrs. David C. Hurst 
117 Central Street #5E 
Acton, Massachusetts 01720 

how our world all came about. I've had such an educational experience 
in the last eight months!" Mrs. Dever also pointed out how important it 
is for us to investigate the ancient writings of the East, in order to under- 
stand the modern East. "It is only in the West that people think the 
past must be knocked down, replaced. In the East, people build on 

Another change in SWC this year is the de-emphasis on fact retention. 
"We are saying to the students, Tf it interests you, go after it!' ", said 
Mrs. Dever. "We are also going to try not to be inflexible in our cur- 

Included as part of the SWC curriculum this year have been Kenneth 
Clark's Civilisation films (described in this issue in Campuscope). 

As a final note, SWC has proved itself to be sufficiently versatile, 
vital, and relevant to attract nearly all the freshmen and three fourths 
of the sophomores to its ranks. As one freshman to whom we spoke 
remarked: "It has everything!" 


Communication: Seeing the World 

In addition to allowing a student with a 3.0 average (and approval of 
her department and the Academic Dean) to spend a year abroad, the 
College will offer a new program of European summer study to go into 
effect in the summer of 1971. 

Dr. James J. Whalen, president of the College, seeing the necessity 
for making language learning more meaningful, initiated the idea of 
Newton College summer sessions abroad. When Dr. Ubaldo DiBene- 
detto became Director of the Division of Modern Languages last spring. 
Dr. Whalen requested that he establish such a program for Newton. 

Dr. DiBcnedetto spent the summer of 1970 in Europe, investigating 
programs and facilities and interviewing dozens of students studying 
abroad, and in a recent interview he discussed his conclusions. 

He stated that there arc basically three ways a student can study 
abroad. She can register directly at a European university, she can 
study abroad under the auspices of another American university, or 
she can attend classes under a program sponsored by her own institu- 


tion. In the first case, she is at the mercy of the European university, in 
a strange country, with few places to turn for guidance. In both the first 
and second cases, she may have difficulty in transferring credits to her 
own institution. Dr. DiBenedetto then outlined the advantages of at- 
tending under a program sponsored by Newton. 

1 ) Newton College professors familiar with the particular European 
area and university will be accompanying the students, and will 
act as advisors and guides; 

2) Proper accreditation is assured. 

After interviewing many students abroad under all three types of 
program, Dr. DiBenedetto concluded that those who were happiest and 
felt that they were really getting their money's worth were the students 
attending with other students and faculty of their own institutions. As a 
result of his study. Dr. DiBenedetto has decided that a program spon- 
sored, organized, and supervised by Newton is not only possible but the 
best way for students to achieve this synthesis of their language study. 

The program for 1971 will run for five weeks, and will take place at 
three European institutions. Dr. Ellen Taxer, professor of German, will 
organize the program at the University of Vienna (where she received 
her Ph.D.); Mme. Frangoise Gianoutsos, assistant professor of French, 
at the University of Caen in Normandy (where she received a univer- 
sity degree); and Dr. DiBenedetto at the Institute of Spanish Culture in 

Students enrolled in the summer institute will attend a three-hour 
morning session at the particular university, studying language at vari- 
ous levels of proficiency, art, literature, history, and culture. The after- 
noons will feature a two-hour seminar with the Newton College pro- 
fessor-in-residence, for the purpose of dealing with students' reactions, 
resolving problems they may have encountered in their classes, and 
talking about the city and country of their residence. Weekend trips, 
and attendance at local plays, concerts, and movies will also be sched- 

Students will not be living with families in Europe since problems 
encountered by students living with families were a common source of 
complaint among the students Dr. DiBenedetto interviewed. Instead, 
they will be housed in international student dorms, where library fa- 
cilities, language labs, laundry service, and swimming pool are available. 

The program will be open to both majors and non-majors (providing 
the student has at least one year of college-level experience or the 
equivalent with the language of the country to which she wishes to go). 
Approximate cost of the program will be $900, which will cover trans- 
portation, meals, medical insurance, tuition, etc. A student may earn 
4-6 credits for the summer, more if she is willing to supplement the 
program with independent study. 


Communication: Science Is Very Much Alive 

On May 4 (as we noted in our July issue) President James J. Whalen 
announced the appointment of Dr. Charles Botticelli of the biology de- 
partment as Director of the Division of Science. Dr. Whalen stated that 
the appointment "represents the beginnings of our effort to provide not 
only a rigorous undergraduate science program, as we have attempted 
in the past, but also to design a science program to meet the special 
interests of intelligent women today." 

Dr. Botticelli received his B.S. in zoology from the University of 
Connecticut, and holds an M.A. in biology from Williams and a Ph.D. 
in biology from Harvard. He has served on the faculties of Harvard and 
Boston University, and been Director of the Institute of Ecology at 
Boston University. In his new position he holds a full professorship at 
Newton, and has retained his faculty status at Boston University. 

Dr. Botticelli was recently named as Commissioner for Undergraduate 
Education in Biological Sciences, an organization sponsored by the 
National Science Foundation and the American Institute of Biological 
Sciences. He has had eighteen years of experience in science education 
(including the publication of approximately fifteen papers in this field), 
holds membership in numerous professional societies, and has pub- 
lished more than twenty papers in reproductive physiology — his area 
of specialization. 

As Director of the Division of Science, Dr. Botticelli directs the fac- 
ulty of the various science disciplines, plans for the development of new 
science curricula, and is responsible for securing support for the Col- 
lege to develop new curricula and sponsor research (both from govern- 
ment and private sources). 

In a recent interview. Dr. Botticelli commented on the position of 
science at Newton. It is possible for a student to major in biology, 
chemistry, or pre-med at Newton, and in physics through cross-registra- 
tion with Boston College. Dr. Botticelli pointed out that the number of 
students majoring in science has grown from ten studying in the sub- 
basement of Stuart, to seventy-nine majors in the new and well-equipped 
Barry Science Pavilion. Innovative courses are being offered, and stu- 
dents are being exposed to "familiarization with, and manipulation and 
application of modern instrumentation as it is applied in research to- 
day." Each course has been reorganized with growth of students as pro- 
fessionals in mind, and extensive lab experience is offered in most 
courses. "Our students' high ORE (Graduate Record Exam) scores are 
an index of their abihty to compete." 

Over fifty freshmen are enrolled in a science course at the current 
time. Particularly popular is a new course entitled "The Scientific Basis 
of Social Issues" which deals with issues such as population control, 
child rearing, drug use, pollution, violent behavior, and poverty. 


Other new and innovative courses are those in science education, in 
which students teach a science lab at the Country Day School next 
door, prepare detailed pre- and post-lab reports (outlining objectives 
and self-criticism), and submit to a one-hour oral defense of their work 
with Dr. Botticelli. 

"Science is quite alive at Newton," concludes Dr. Botticelli, "and I 
look for substantial growth in the next two or three years." 


Communication: Faith and Freedom 

The fact that students are no longer required to engage in the study 
of religion at Newton has raised doubts in many of you. "How can 
Newton be a Catholic college any more?" you ask. "Will they study it 
if they don't have to?" 

We recently interviewed Dr. William Murnion, chairman of the reli- 
gion department, and a major catalyst of the changes, and put these and 
other questions to him. In a clear and candid fashion. Dr. Murnion 
proceeded to banish all our doubts, and we hope yours as well. 

First, Dr. Murnion pointed out that the study of reUgion should be 
considered as an academic discipline, and "not as inculcation in the 
doctrines of faith." The latter is primarily a function of the Church 
and the liturgy, since it involves belief in what the Church says is the 
Word of God. 

Religion courses suppose that the student already has faith and is 
making an effort to understand WHY she beheves. Those teaching the 
courses are not making an effort to produce belief. Neither can religion 
courses serve the function of making the student holy. In the past. Dr. 
Murnion pointed out, this distinction (between the function of the 
Church and the function of the study of religion) was not always made. 

Today, said Dr. Murnion, there is radical questioning of everything 
that used to be taken for granted. We can no longer assume that all 
students believe in doctrines, in the Church, or even in God. The func- 
tion of the study of religion must be purely academic. 

The students must see that religious teaching is to make them under- 
stand. (American history seeks to make the past more relevant to us, 
not to make us Americans.) Dr. Murnion also points out that the de- 
partment has been working closely with the chaplain and the Christian 
Living Committee (a student organization formed to promote Christian 
living on and off campus) to see that doctrinal aspects are taken care of 
in the appropriate place. 

There are pragmatic as well as theoretical grounds for the changes. 
Efforts at indoctrination have not always succeeded in the past, and 
have often backfired. "Freedom is constitutive of faith in God and it is 
impractical to communicate to those who do not 

1) believe, 

2) wish to believe, or 

3) wish to consider belief. 

The 'open' curriculum is the context in which we can best do our job. 
It provides an atmosphere in which religion can be taught as it should." 

Dr. Murnion then pointed out that he and the other members of the 
department are responsible for communicating what they, in fact, do 


understand. "In class we put ourselves on the line. We are not simply 
passing on something." 

Under the new system, program structuring by years is out. Six spe- 
cialties (distinguished by their methods) are available to all students: 
bible, historical theology, systematic theology, religious ethics, world 
religions, and philosophical theology. Rehgion is available to students 
as a major or minor, or in single courses. 

There are three types of courses crossing the six specialties: introduc- 
tory, general, and advanced. (This last should enable the student to 
become "self-activating" in religious thought.) Twenty-five to thirty 
courses are being offered each semester. An effort is also being made 
to give each student an appreciation of methods, since she must con- 
tinue to learn after her formal education is complete. 

In early discussions on curriculum changes, both the administration 
and students were agreed to reduce the number of required religion 
courses from six to two. But, Dr. Murnion argued, the problem was 
not to be solved by reducing requirements, but by initiating a whole 
new approach involving 

1 ) improving the quality of teaching and 

2) responding to the deep needs of the students to understand their 

"We must have faith in ourselves and in the quality of our courses." 

Dr. Murnion then pointed out that we are not tearing down the past, 
but "we are maintaining true tradition. The world has turned over." 
What was an excellent religious education, fitting and possible for the 
'50's, is no longer valid today. "We must find the best possible religious 
education for the '70's. The tradition of academic excellence demands 
constant change." For example, we cannot teach religion the way it 
was taught in Jerusalem. Christ was an innovation the Jews could not 
accept, and theirs is a false tradition as a result. Jesus actually main- 
tained tradition by change, by establishing a new approach to God. 
Cardinal Newman has written that a non-growing doctrme is not a 
living one. "Since tradition is the record of development, we must bring 
about the changes necessary to maintain tradition." 

This interview was granted prior to the opening of the 1970-1971 aca- 
demic year. Dr. Murnion's enthusiasm has evidently not been misdi- 
rected, since, over 150 students are currently registered in courses in 
the department. — Ed. 


Curriculum: Some Points of View 

Dr. Lubomir Gleiman, professor of 
political science, has been a mem- 
ber of the Newton faculty since 1957. 
He holds a bachelor's degree from 
the Thomas More Institute in Mon- 
treal, and received his master's and 
doctor of philosophy degrees from 
the Institute of Medieval Studies of 
the University of Montreal. 

Dr. Robert Rogers, assistant profes- 
sor of religion, has been at Newton 
for three years. He received his bach- 
elor's degree from Ohio State Uni- 
versity, and his S.T.B. and Ph.D. 
from the Boston University School 
of Theology. 

Question: Were you in favor of the 
curricular revisions as they were im- 

Gleiman: As you know, I was a 
member of the Academic Policy 
Committee, and I am definitely in 
favor of the changes. 

Rogers: I fully support the open 
curriculum. Students must make 
more of their own decisions: it's 
healthy, and it's the only way that 
the college experience is going to be 
really meaningful. And it is certainly 
legitimate for the people of the whole 
college to have a voice in curricular 

Quinlan: In my first meetings with 
the Academic Policy Committee, I 
made tentative proposals for changes 
in the course of studies. At the time, 
these recommendations seemed to 
many to be almost shocking in their 
departure from the old system. Later, 
we went way beyond these first pro- 
posals in establishing the new cur- 
riculum. We moved fast and far in 
the course of a year! 

Question: What do you think are 
the advantages of the open curricu- 

Gleiman: We would like to think 
that the student now has a "platonic 
receptivity"; that she is in a class be- 
cause she wants to be there. It is far 
more valuable if students go to classes 
because they want to learn. And let 
me say that I have never been afraid 
that students would abuse the system. 

Quinlan: People learn in their own 
way, and should be given a chance to 
do so. Regarding the study of re- 
ligion: a student doesn't profit from 
a course unless she wants to take it. 
If she is actually seeking religious 
knowledge, she will come to the 


course with more desire and greater 
ability to learn. In addition, a moral 
and/or religious aspect is evident in 
a number of courses outside of the 
religion department, and we have 
tried to develop more understanding 
of religion in the Study of World 
Cultures course. 

Curran: We honestly don't know 
yet how it's going to work out. The 
classes are smaller, and there seems 
to be more initial interest. Also, with 
the variety of courses open to her, 
the student gets a broad base, and is 
given a chance to find herself, to in- 
vestigate different areas. And it's al- 
ways been true that you only get 
what you want out of education. 

Gorman: The faculty has been in- 
spired to create new courses, cover- 
ing the matter of the old required 
courses in a contemporary manner. 
In the large required courses the 
students were so used to listening, 
they were unable to discuss. Now 
they are in small classes of their own 
choice, and covering the same ma- 
terial through their own participa- 

The new education courses are cen- 
tered on values — I think the whole 
program is a very rich one. SWC is 
bringing in non- Western culture now, 
and I think that's excellent. Also, 
the new curriculum makes SWC (and 
all other courses) try to be as good 
as possible, and this is a good thing. 

Question: The disadvantages? 

Rogers: I think the only problems 
that might arise would be with in- 
sufficient academic counseling. If stu- 
dents are to be making decisions, 
they must be well-informed, and get- 
ting the best possible guidance. I 
have done a good deal of work coun- 
seling freshmen this year, and I think 
that the advising program was very 

Gorman: I agree that you can lift 
requirements only if adequate guid- 
ance will take place. The only other 

danger I can see is that which might 
result from lack of structure, but I 
think there are sufficient built-in lim- 
its to prevent this. 

Curran: Under the required course 
system the student was guaranteed a 
certain basic training. This is no 
longer the case. I also think that 
there is a danger that the students 
might diversify themselves too much, 
though this should balance out. Per- 
haps also there is a danger of course 
registration turning into a popularity 

Gleiman: There is that possibility, 
but, in the long run, I don't think 
that this will be the case. We must 
remember, also, that we are not fro- 
zen into the system as it stands. We 
can learn from our errors. 

There is also the problem of in- 
sufficient registration in some of the 
more demanding classes, but, on the 
other hand, this forces the instructor 
to experiment and change his meth- 
ods. To make a course interesting is 
not to lower its standards. 

We must remember that although 
certain things have been taken away, 
whole new possibilities have been 
created! We are taking a gamble, 
but it is a gamble that could not 
have been avoided. 

Question: Do you feel that it was 
necessary to make changes in the 
curriculum at this time? 

Gleiman: In terms of its appeal, I 
don't think it would have been pos- 
sible for the college to retain the old 
system. There was a pressing need 
to do something about the large-class 
required courses, both college-wide 
and intradepartmentally. I have al- 
ways had serious questions about the 
value of required courses from the 
point of view of the instructor, since 
he cannot do very much without mo- 
tivation from the students. 

Quinlan: Yes. We must give the 
students the opportunity to make 


Sister Mary Quinlan, academic dean 
and professor of history, has been a 
member of the faculty at Newton 
since 1951, and has served as dean 
from 1953 to 1968, and from 1969 
to the present. She holds a B.A . from 
Manhattanville College, and both her 
M.A. and Ph.D. from the Catholic 
University of America. 

Mr. Robert Curran, associate profes- 
sor of philosophy, has been at New- 
ton since 1955. He holds both a 
bachelor's and a master's degree from 
Fordham University. 

choices, and to form their own edu- 
cational plans as far as possible. We 
shall maintain and raise the quality 
of work being done here, but not by 
means of rigid requirements. 

Question: How have the curricu- 
lum revisions affected your depart- 

Rogers: Well, the enrollment in the 
courses I'm teaching has assumed 
an apparently predictable pattern. 
Though all courses are open to all 
students, my introductory course is 
composed entirely of freshmen, and 
my seminar course of juniors and 
seniors. I think that the freshmen 
themselves realized the need for suf- 
ficient background, and put them- 
selves in the introductory course. 
They really seem to want to know 
something about the roots of their 

Curran: A large number of stu- 
dents have enrolled in several of the 
philosophy electives I'm teaching: 25 
in logic and 26 in the history of 

Gorman: We are feeling the effects 
of this in a good way. Because the 
freshmen have been freed from re- 
quirements, the psych department 
has been bombarded! We have 400 
enrolled in our offerings this semester. 

Question: What do you think the 
response of the students has been? 

Gleiman: Quite favorable. 

Rogers: There is a demand for new 
maturity and students are responding 
to it. 

Quinlan: The enthusiasm and inter- 
est of the students are very great — it's 
the best beginning of an academic 
year we've had! 

Gorman: The students are choos- 
ing religion courses, especially the 
seniors. They are not rejecting re- 
ligion — they still need it and now it's 
freely chosen. 


Question: Do you think that to- 
day's student is substantially differ- 
ent from the student of five, ten, fif- 
teen years ago? 

Rogers: In many cases, high school 
students are coming here better pre- 
pared. They need not go through so 
many compulsory courses. 

Quinlan: The students are better 
prepared; they are getting much 
broader experience on the secondary 
level. In addition, there is the men- 
tality of today's student to consider: 
she needs and responds to freedom. 

Gorman: Four years ago, many 
freshmen were unable to cope with 
classes where they were not told what 
to do. Now, they are much more 
capable of doing independent work. 
I think this significant change in the 
past three or four years is partly due 
to the fact that more high schools 
are offering programs of independent 
study. Students are more capable of 
making choices. 

Gleiman: The situation is changing 
on the high school level and these 
changes must also be seen in the 
larger context of what is happening 
in higher education. Today's student 
is not only more prepared, but more 
willing to take responsibility. It's cer- 
tainly worth a try! 

Sister Margaret Gorman, professor 
and chairman of the psychology de- 
partment, has served at Newton for 
ten years. She is a graduate of Trin- 
ity College in Washington, D. C, and 
holds an M.A. from Fordham Uni- 
versity and a Ph.D. from the Catho- 
lic University of America. 

Question: What's in the future? 

Gleiman: We must find some kind 
of focus around which to build. 
(SWC, religion, and philosophy used 
to hold this position.) There must 
continue to be something to give the 
college character, to make it an en- 

Gorman: I'm very encouraged. We 
have the opportunity to be a model 
for higher education! 


September 1970: Another Beginning 

Two hundred and fifty freshmen were welcomed to Newton on Sep- 
tember 7, as the new academic year got underway. Wendy Tobin and 
Mary Jane Hueber, co-heads of orientation, planned a full program of 
activities for them, with the stress on the academic setup and on per- 
sonal involvement. Freshmen met President and Mrs. James J. Whalen 
and Academic Dean Sister Mary Quinlan at an opening tea in Bar at, 
listened to Dr. Whalen explain Newton's objectives, and worked with 
student and faculty advisors to plan their academic programs. On the 
second day of orientation, a "Carnival" was held in the student union, 
where presentations were made on student government, educational 
reform, women's lib, and political activism. As the freshmen moved 
from discussion to discussion, the moderators tried to get to the basis 
of orientation — how the new students could find a place for themselves 
while adjusting to each other and to society. 

Registration, held on September 11, was a new experience for all. 
Kudos go to Miss Janis Somerville, assistant academic dean, who 
organized the innovative program. At an appointed time, each class en- 
tered the old SWC hall in Stuart, and passed through a series of check- 
points. First, her tuition payment was verified, then she checked finan- 
cial aid arrangements if any, received an envelope with her registration 
material, picked up IBM course cards from each department repre- 
sentative, filled them out, if necessary arranged for a meal ticket and 
parking sticker, was photographed for her I.D., and exited through the 
back door of the hall, where all her materials were checked by the regis- 
trar's office. Quite a change from the old days! 


Newton and the Spirit of '74 

On the following pages appear some 
interviews made in October with 
seven members (picked at random) of 
the class of 1974. The students, along 
with their high schools and home 
towns, are: Susan Maracotta, West Is- 
lip High School, West Islip, New 
York; Kathy Mitchell, Mother But- 
ler Memorial High School, Saratoga, 
California; Kathy Longley, Lewiston 
High School, Lewiston, Maine; 
Tricia Keough, East Providence High 
School, Rumford, Rhode Island; June 
Cooper, Framingham South High 
School, Framingham, Massachusetts; 
Patricia Clossey, Archbishop Carroll 
High School, Rosemont, Pennsyl- 
vania; and Elena Morelli, Tenafiy 
High School, Tenafiy, New Jersey. 

Question: How did you first hear 
of Newton? 

Susan: My sister had attended a 
Sacred Heart school in Nova Scotia. 

Kathy M.: I knew that Boston was 
the college center of the country, so 
I just started checking on schools. 

Kathy L.: My brother went to An- 
dover, and I once considered going 
to a private school in the area, so we 
looked at the Newton Country Day 
School. That was how I first heard 
of the College. 

Tricia: Word of mouth. 

June: My guidance counselor told 
me about the scholarships available 
here for black students. And my par- 
ents used to live in Newton, and had 
seen the school start and grow. 

Patricia: I investigated most small 
colleges in the New England area. 

Elena: I met a- student here who 
introducd me to the fact that New- 
ton was in existence. I really hadn't 
heard of it before that. 


Question: Why did you decide to 

Susan: I wanted to go to a small 
college, and I was particularly en- 
thusiastic about the idea of coming 
to the Boston area. 

Kathy M.: Newton really has a 
good psychology department, and 
that's what I'm interested in. The 
great thing about being here is that 
you can take advantage of all that 
Newton has to offer, and of all the 
things offered by the other schools in 
the area too! 

Kathy L.: Well, I wanted to be in 
the Boston area, in a small women's 
college. And it's quiet here, without 
being isolated. 

Tricia: I wanted a small school be- 
cause you really get to know the peo- 
ple better. And Newton is a great 
location because it's near Boston 
without being in the city. 

June: I was impressed, and I didn't 
feel like I'd be lost here. 

Patricia: What convinced me most 
was staying here for two days and 
talking to the girls. Also, I'm inter- 
ested in either political science or 
sociology and both of those depart- 
ments are excellent here. And New- 
ton was willing to give me the finan- 
cial help I needed. 

Elena: Before I visited Newton I 
was very much against the idea of 
going to a Catholic college. But my 
interview and just talking to students 
really changed my mind. The fact 
that Newton is first and foremost an 
excellent educational institution over- 
came my prejudice. 

Question: What courses are you 

All: We're all taking SWC! 

Susan: English, sociology, bible,^ 
and education. 


Kathy M.: Philosophy, economics, 
art, and Christian marriage. 

Kathy L.: Math, English, and psy- 
chology. Everyone loves the psych 
class — we really look forward to it. 
I'm thinking of majoring in math, 
but I still have a chance to look 

Tricia: Modern philosophy, educa- 
tion, psychology, and French. 

June: French, sociology, and Eng- 
lish composition. 

Patricia: Spanish, logic, and sociol- 

Elena: English, English composi- 
tion, psychology, and education. I'm 
enjoying all my courses — I think it's 
interesting to be able to say that. 

Question: How do you like it here? 

Susan: I didn't like it in the begin- 
ning, but now I love it. You really 
get a chance to know the professors, 
and I think the element of freedom 
here is very attractive. 

Kathy M.: The first night I was so 
homesick — California seemed so far 
away. But I really started to like it 
during orientation. The sophomores 
have been great to us — they're really 
a friendly group. And I love the 

Kathy L.: I love it so far — it really 
helps that everyone's so friendly. I 
think we're really lucky to be able to 
plan our own programs. Incidentally 
— it worked out well having upper- 
classmen as academic advisors. 

Tricia: I was a little apprehensive 
at first, coming from a public school, 
but I love the kids here, and am 
amazed to find that the upperclass- 
men treat you just like themselves. 
I think the freedom we have is great 
— and we don't abuse it. Just having 
it makes school seem not so much a 
chore, but a pleasure. I haven't heard 
of anyone who doesn't like it here! 

June: My father is a Baptist minis- 
ter, and I'd had a stereotyped idea of 
what a Catholic school would be 
like — I really thought it would be 
strict. But Newton is first of all a 
good school. Also the upperclassmen 
have really been friendly and help- 

Patricia: There's such a warmth 
among the students — they really care 

about each other. And it isn't just 
an extension of a convent school. 

Elena: The atmosphere here is very 
relaxing — it's quite a change from 
a big public high school. Also, the 
open curriculum lets us have access 
to many fields — you really have a 
chance to find out what you want to 


Question: Why did you take SWC 
and what do you think of it? 

Susan: Everything seems to be in- 
cluded in SWC — it seemed like it 
would be too much of a hassle to 
work out an alternate program. I 
like the reading, but I don't think the 
lectures have been very interesting. 

Kathy M.: SWC seemed like a good 
idea to me — it's all set up for you, so 
why not take advantage of it? I 
couldn't really think of any reason 
not to take it. The thing I like best 
about SWC is that the emphasis is 
on what's of interest to me, and not 
on memorizing facts. 

Kathy L.: SWC sounded like some- 
thing I'd get a lot out of. It's such a 
different course. 

Tricia: I haven't cut any SWC lec- 
tures yet! 

June: SWC is interesting — and I 
really like it, although I wish we had 
more time for discussion. 

Patricia: A lot of freshmen (includ- 
ing myself) felt that SWC had every- 
thing they needed. You're exposed 
to so many different things in that 
course — I mean it's not just history. 

Elena: It serves as a basis for your 
whole education. 


Any Questions? 

In our March 1971 issue we will begin a new feature entitled 
"A Conversation with the President." It will present the most com- 
monly asked questions from alumnae, parents, and friends of the 
College together with answers or explanations from Dr. James J. 
Whalen, president of the College. For example, some questions 
which have already been asked are: "Is there a drug problem at 
Newton?" "Is Newton still a Catholic college?" If you have any 
questions you would like to see answered by Dr. Whalen in the 
Newsnotes, please send them to: 

Mrs. David C. Hurst 
117 Central Street #5E 
Acton, Massachusetts 01720 

We will do our best to see that every question is answered. If there 
are any comments you would like to make on any material con- 
tained in this or previous issues, please send a Letter to the Editor 
at the above address. Deadline for the March issue for both fea- 
tures is January 25. 


Governance at Newton 

The following excerpts are from the Trustee Committee on Govern- 
ance Progress Report, submitted on September 14. The committee is 
chaired by Mother Elizabeth Sweeney, Provincial of the Washington 
Province and a member of Newton's Board of Trustees. Committee 
members are: Miss Nancy Bowdring (president of the alumnae associa- 
tion) and Mr. Roger L. Putnam, both members of the Advisory Board; 
Mr. John Chandler, Mr. James T. Harris, Jr., Sister Claire Kondolf 
(director of development and public relations), and Sister Catherine E. 
Maguire (professor of English), all members of the Board of Trustees; 
Mr. Robert J. Curran, associate professor of philosophy; Sister Clare L. 
McGowan, assistant academic dean; and Miss Kathy Brouder '71, stu- 
dent body president. 

In planning for the future of Newton College of the Sacred Heart 
it is imperative to conduct a broad examination of the governance 
function of the College. It is especially urgent to study the role and 
functions of the Board of Trustees in order that it may operate at 
maximum effectiveness to serve the expanding needs of the College. 
The future ability of the College to perpetuate its academic distinctions 
and to finance quality programs and facilities will depend heavily on 
trustee leadership identified, involved, and committed. 


Therefore, the Board of Trustees authorized the formation of a 
Trustee Committee to study governance at Newton and to submit 
recommendations for improving and reorganizing this vital function 
of the College. Included in this self-analysis is a review of the current 
government of the College, corporate and trustee powers, faculty, 
student, and administrative organization, and the nature of the deci- 
sion-making process. ... A clearer articulation, better understand- 
ing, and wider acceptance of the making and management of Col- 
lege policy are expected to emerge from this study. 

Two meetings of the Committee on Governance have been held: 
the first on July 17th and 18th, the second on August 29th. During 
the first meeting the Committee reviewed the present organization 
of the College and heard reports on the Corporation and Board of 
Trustees and faculty, student, alumnae, and administrative organiza- 
tion. Next, the Committee reviewed trends in higher education and 
their implications for Newton College. . . . The Committee then 
received a series of presentations from Mr. Arthur C. Frantzreb, 
President of Frantzreb and Pray Associates, Inc. and Counsel and 
Secretary to the Committee. ... 

During its second meeting the Committee discussed the relationship 
of the Washington Province in terms of ownership, control, and obli- 
gations. Next, the Committee received a Profile of a College Trustee 
drafted by Frantzreb and Pray Associates. . . . Then the Commit- 
tee received the first draft of a proposed set of Board by-laws drawn 
up from the management standpoint suggesting future organization 
of the Board of Trustees. ... 

The Committee on Governance expects to submit a final report and 
recommendations during this academic year to the Board of Trustees. 
No final conclusions and decisions have been reached at this time. 
Future meetings of the Committee will include consideration of cam- 
pus governance options, faculty, student, and alumnae organization, 
and the role of constituent groups in governance, as well as further 
deliberation on the Corporation and Trustees and the relationship 
between the Religious and the College. 

Seated, left to right, at a recent Governance Committee Meeting are: Sister Clare Mc- 
Gowan, Mr. Robert Curran, Mr. Roger Putnam, and Mr. James T. Harris, Jr. Standing 
is Kathy Brouder '71. 


''There was a time when the Society of 
the Sacred Heart could support Newton 
College and it was unnecessary to call on 
the resources of the College's constituency. 
But in the last five years we have not fully 
communicated, to those who care, the stag- 
gering material and human costs of main- 
taining a College of Newton's standards. I 
believe that when these problems are 
understood by the College's alumnae and 
friends, support for continuing the Sacred 
Heart College you began twenty-five years 
ago will surely be forthcoming." 

James J. Whalen 

Address to Washington Provincial 

Society of the Sacred Heart 
October, 1969 




A Golden Jubilee 

Mother Agnes Barry, Superior- 
Vicar of the Washington Province 
of the Society of the Sacred Heart 
until 1966, celebrated her Golden 
Jubilee of final profession on Au- 
gust 5. She is now living at 821 
Varnum Street, N.E. in Washing- 
ton, D. C. 

Mother Barry had expressed 
some doubts before tlie event, as 
to whether very many people 
would be able to attend an event 
held in Washington in the sum- 

Mass. In the receiving line, in ad- 
dition to Mother Barry, were 
Mother Elizabeth Sweeney, Pro- 
vincial of the Washington Prov- 
ince (the title of Superior- Vicar 
was replaced by that of Provindial 
in 1967) and a member of New- 
ton's Board of Trustees; and Sis- 
ter Gabrielle Husson, Superior of 
the Varnum Street Convent, and 
President of Newton from 1956 
to 1969. Other guests at the Jubi- 
lee from the Newton community 

mer. But the small chapel at Var- 
num Street was too small to house 
the many who came to honor 
Mother Barry, and the Jubilee 
Mass was held in the Blessed Sac- 
rament Chapel of the National 
Shrine. The five concelebrants had 
all been connected with Mother 
Barry during her career, and the 
homily was delivered by a friend 
of many years. 

A reception and outdoor sup- 
per for the guests was held at the 
Varnum Street Convent after the 

included Sister Mary Quinlan, 
academic dean; Sisters Jean Ford 
and Malin Craig, both members 
of the Board of Trustees; and 
Sister Mary Foley, Mother Swee- 
ney's secretary and formerly secre- 
tary to Mother Barry. 

In describing the event, Sister 
Foley said: "For us who love her 
very much, it was very touching 
to see the number of people who 
were there. It was a very wonder- 
ful occasion, as we'd hoped it 
would be." 



Special Events 

Marathon, the first David Reeves lecture of the academic year, was a 
special event indeed — a radical departure from the lecture format. Ex- 
drug addicts rehabilitated at Marathon House in Providence, Rhode 
Island were members of the cast of this theatrical experience. The 
method of the play was confrontation: the cast attacked and laid bare 
the underlying weakness and fears responsible for addiction. While 
walking through the audience, members of the cast asked: "Will you 
love me?" To the cry of the actors, the Newton audience responded 
with spontaneous warmth. 


Programs held at Newton this summer included the following: 

The Educational Development Center, a national organization cur- 
rently developing educational programs, held a six- week institute for 
science and math teachers. These teachers then established pilot pro- 
grams in their own schools. 

The Christian Family Movement held a weekend family retreat. 

The Metropolitan Great Books Council of Boston held a one-day 
institute on campus which they termed "the most successful institute 
we've had." 

105 New England Y-Teens attended a one- week conference of 
constructive programming to develop their leadership and initiative. 

Sister Mary K. Oswald, co-ordinator of events and facilities, remarked 
that all four of these groups were enthusiastic in response to the New- 
ton programming and have asked to return next year. 

Newton's Experimental College is offering non-classroom learning 
experience this year in Theatre Makeup, Auto Mechanics, Current 
Events, and Advanced Sewing. In addition, programs are being sug- 
gested and initiated by students for the five-week January vacation. 

A series of panel discussions sponsored by the department of religion 
and centering on current issues in religion, theology, ethics, and social 
change was held at Newton this fall. Discussion leaders included Dr. 
William Murnion, department chairman — "Theory and Practice"; Miss 
Alicia Rojas '71, a religion major — "Power and the Knowledge of 
God"; Mr. William A. Fink, assistant professor — "The Scope of Reli- 
gious Activity"; Dr. Robert G. Rogers, assistant professor — "Conflict 
and Change in the Local Church"; and Dr. Frank D. Maguire, associate 
professor — "New Forms of Religious Community." 



College Health Service lecturers this fall included: in September, Dr. 
Kenneth MacDonnell on "College Health" and Dr. Joseph Stanton on 
"Abortion: Pros and Cons"; in October, Dr. John B. Sturrock on "Col- 
lege Mental Health," Dr. WilHam Lynch on "Gynecology," and Dr. 
Nicholas Fiumara on "Venereal Disease"; and in November, Mr. David 
Vigoda on "Drug Use and Abuse" and Dr. Barbara Shea on "Feminine 
Psychology : College Years." 

Peter Walsh, Director of the Division of Urban Volunteers in Boston, 
explained the service of the Division to a Newton audience in Septem- 
ber. He outlined the opportunities for participating in the urban com- 
munity, and urged students to commit themselves to action. 

Jack Cole, nationally known correspondent and political analyst, was 
the November speaker in the David Reeves Lecture Series. 

Guest speakers in SWC (Study of World Cultures) this semester 
included: Dr. Kendall Folkert of Harvard's Center for the Study of 
World Religions for two lectures on "Veda and Upanishads" and three 
lectures on "India and Isms"; and Dr. Eugene Klaaren of Wesleyan 
University on "Religion and the Rise of Modern Natural Science" and 
"The Technological World and Religion in Contemporary Life." 

Arts and Crafts 

The Kenneth Clark Civilisation Films are being shown in their origi- 
nal version at Newton this fall. Civilisation is a series of thirteen 52- 
minute color films, a personal view of the ideas and events of the last 
sixteen hundred years in the history of Western man, written and nar- 
rated by Kenneth Clark, produced by BBC, and presented in this coun- 
try by Time-Life Films. Universal praise has been accorded to the film 
series and to Kenneth Clark. Films shown to date include: "The Skin 
of Our Teeth" (civilisation defined); "The Great Thaw" (Gothic Age); 
"Romance and Reality" (13th century); "Man — The Measure of All 
Things" (early 15th-century Italy); "The Hero as Artist" (Renais- 
sance); "Protest and Communication" (Reformation); "Grandeur 
and Obedience" (17th-century Rome); "The Light and Experience" 
(spirit of free enterprise); and "The Pursuit of Happiness" (18th cen- 
tury). Still to come (and to be presented on Wednesday evenings from 
December 2-23) are four films dealing with art, romanticism, war and 
imperialism, and modern materialistic technology. We urge you to see 
them if you can! 


Ingmar Bergman films screened this semester, in conjunction with 
an interdisciplinary course in contemporary world culture, included: 
Monika, Port of Call, Summer Interlude, Smiles of a Summer Night, 
Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, The Magician, Through a Glass 
Darkly, Winter Light, and The Silence. 

Music series events this fall included a Bach program performed 
by organist Anthony Newman in October; and a presentation by organ- 
ist Mereille Lagace in November. 

The Newton College Dramatic Club presented Shaw's Pygmalion to 
an enthusiastic audience in November. 


Administrative Announcements 

Mr. John Chandler, vice-president of the Danforth Foundation 
since 1967, and a resident of St. Louis, Missouri, is the newest member 
of Newton's Board of Trustees. Mr. Chandler received his B.A. from 
U.C.L.A., his D.B. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and is 
ordained in the Episcopal Church. He is a former faculty member at 
Dartmouth College, U.C.L.A., and Ohio University. 

Mr. R. James Henderson, formerly business manager, is the 
newly named Vice-President for Administrative and Business Affairs. 

Mr. Richard O. Dee is the newly appointed Assistant to the Vice- 
President. He holds a bachelor's degree from Boston University, and 
has done graduate study at the University of New Hampshire. He was 
employed for five years at M.I.T.'s Lincoln Labs, and, before coming 
to Newton, spent three and a half years as an administrator with Sanders 

Sister Patricia Geoghegan, instructor in art, exhibited her ce- 
ramic sculpture at the Pucker/Safrai Gallery on Newbury Street in Bos- 
ton during August and September. The exhibit was entitled OPEN 
HOUSE Summer 1970, and included the works of four other artists. 
Twelve of Sister Geoghegan's works were exhibited — all were abstract 
sculptural forms done in the slab technique and made of stoneware 
clay (both glazed and unglazed). In his September 12 art column in 
the Boston Globe, Edgar Driscoll described her works as "a group of 
simply conceived, smoothly executed abstract sculptures featuring 


softly flowing, subtly colored glazes which capture the light in much 
the same easy way that her open forms embrace the space around 

Dr. Lubomir Gleiman, professor of political science, has been 
selected to appear in the 1970 edition of Outstanding Educators of 
America. He and his wife, Nancy, are also the parents of a new son, 
Cyril Edward, born in July. 

Sister Claire Kondolf, director of development and public rela- 
tions, was one of twenty-five development officers in the nation to at- 
tend the American College Public Relations Association (ACPRA) 
Summer Academy at the University of Notre Dame in August. On the 
local scene, Sister Kondolf has been named to the Governmental Affairs 
committee of the Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce, and has 
also been selected Subchairman on Education within this committee. 

Dr. Frank D. Maguire, associate professor of religion, was awarded 
his Ph.D. by the Medieval Institute of the University of Montreal in 
September. Dr. Lubomir Gleiman, professor of poUtical science and 
a graduate of the Medieval Institute, was a member of the board of 
examiners. In his report, he described Dr. Maguire's defense as follows: 
"Under a sustained, concentrated, and penetrating questioning, Dr. 
Maguire's scholarly performance and highly articulated human con- 
duct were, by unanimous and unsolicited agreement of the whole jury, 
simply superb." 

Dr. Robert G. Rogers, assistant professor of religion, gave two 
talks on Biblical prayer at the Society of the Sacred Heart prayer 
renewal retreat in August in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. He also taught 
a summer course at Boston University to delayed vocation Methodist 
ministers. Dr. Rogers has also been named by Dr. James J. Whalen as 
Director of On-campus Summer Programs. 

Mr. Albert C. Schneider, assistant professor of sociology, is au- 
thor (along with Gary Mark of Harvard University) of "Violent Inter- 
group Conflict in American Society," to appear this year in Social 
Problems in a Revolutionary Age, edited by Jack Douglas. 

Dr. James J. Whalen, president, has been named to the Board of 
Governors of the Institute for Religious Studies in Newton, Massa- 


Making the Rounds with J. J.W. 

March — An IBM Institute for small college presidents in Pough- 
keepsie, New York on the use of computers. 

June — Presidents' Institute of the American Council on Educa- 
tion at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. 

September — Mr. and Mrs. Richard Nolan (parents of Mary No- 
lan Hanlon '56 and Audrey Nolan Galvin '58) hosted a 
cocktail and dinner party for Dr. and Mrs. Whalen at their 
home in Weston, Mass. 

October — The annual meeting of the American Council on Edu- 
cation in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Whalen also lunched with 
presidents of Sacred Heart institutions throughout the country, 
and was the guest of honor at a dinner party given by Dr. and 
Mrs. Stephen F. Bowen, Jr. (Ann Nooney '57). Among those 
attending the Bowens' dinner were Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Here- 
ford (JoBiE Medart '57). While in St. Louis, Dr. Whalen vis- 
ited Villa Duchesne where he met with the new headmaster, 
Mr. Robert Wray, and addressed members of the junior and 
senior classes. 

October — One of the speakers at the dedication of the Whitely 
Psychology Laboratories at Franklin and Marshall College in 
Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Dr. Whitely taught Dr. Whalen when 
the latter was an undergraduate there. 

October — Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Atlee Harvey (Mary Ellen Mc- 
Keon '56) held a dinner for Dr. Whalen at their home in 
Merion, Pennsylvania. A number of Philadelphia alumnae at- 
tended a meeting which followed. 

October — Dr. Whalen visited the Convents of the Sacred Heart 
at Greenwich (Conn.), Stuart (Princeton, N. J.), Stone Ridge, 
and Varnum Street (both in Washington, D. C). Sister Bush 
and the community at Stuart held a community refreshment 
hour and dinner for Dr. Whalen in Princeton; and while in 
Princeton, Dr. Whalen also met with President Goheen of 
Princeton University. At Varnum Street, Sister Husson, Mother 
Barry, and the religious there held a dinner for Dr. Whalen. A 
meeting of the Varnum Street community was also held while 
Dr. Whalen was in Washington. 

October — A dinner on behalf of the College was hosted by Mr. 
and Mrs. Jeffrey M. Donahue (Rita O'Connell '52) at their 
home in Wayland, Mass. 

Plans are being made for trips to Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, 
and Los Angeles. 


and There 

Dr. John Paul Fitzgibbon, former professor of philosophy, is now 
teaching Greek, Latin, and Theology of History at the Cistercian Abbey 
of Our Lady of Spring Bank in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. 

Brief Introductions 

Miss Ora D. Fant, an instructor in psychology, holds a B.A. from 
Oberlin College and an M.A. from Boston College. She is a candidate 
for a Ph.D. in Community Social Psychology at the latter institution. 
She has also been employed as a psychological counselor for B.C.'s 
Black Talent Program. 

Mr. a. Nicholas Groth, an instructor in psychology, received his 
B.A. and M.A. from Boston University, and is a Ph.D. candidate there. 
He has been employed for the past seven years as an examining psychol- 
ogist in the Lexington (Mass.) Public Schools and as an instructor in 
psychology at Wheeloek College. 

Dr. Edward F. Hanlon, an assistant professor of history and Amer- 
ican studies, holds an A.B. from King's College (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) 
and a Ph.D. in American history from Georgetown University. Before 
coming to Newton, he was an assistant professor at College Misericordia 
(Dallas, Pa.). 

Miss Maureen A. Joy, co-ordinator of the education program and 
an assistant professor of education, holds her B.A. and M.A. from 
Manhattanville College. She received her Ed.M. from Harvard Uni- 
versity, and is a candidate for an Ed.D. there. Miss Joy is also the sister 
of Lucille Joy Becker '54. 

Mrs. Naomi Suconick Myrvaagnes, a lecturer in English, received 
her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, her M.A. from the Uni- 
versity of Illinois, and her Ph.D. from New York University. 

Miss Maria Amparo San Juan, a graduate of the University of Sala- 
manca, and recipient of an M.A. from the University of Valladolid, is 
a newly appointed assistant professor of Spanish. 


Dr. James F. Taylor, an assistant professor of classics, holds a 
B.A. from Haverford College, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Harvard 

Dr. Adolf L. Vandendorpe, an instructor in economics, holds a 
B.A. from the University of Louvain in Belgium, and received his 
Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Rest in Peace 

Stimson Wyeth, a member of Newton's French Department faculty 
from 1956-1962, died in June of this year at the age of 79. Prior to 
coming to Newton he had headed the foreign language departments in 
the High School of Commerce and in Dorchester (Mass.) High School, 
and had also been a member of the Needham School Committee. Mr. 
Wyeth was long associated with the Unitarian Church in Needham, 
and with the Needham Historical Society. The American artists, N. C. 
Wyeth and Andrew Wyeth, were his brother and his nephew respectively. 

Cornelius C. Moore, a resident of Newport, Rhode Island, and a 
prominent lawyer, banker, philanthropist, and member of Newton's 
Advisory Board, died in August. He was bom in 1884 in Newport, 
graduated from Washington Square CoUege in New York, and received 
his law degree from New York University. He read law in the Newport 
office of Sheffield and Harvey, and opened a law office with Walter 
Curry in 1919. 

Mr. Moore was a power in Rhode Island politics for over thirty years, 
and may have been the most influential person in Newport's modern 

He played a role in the founding of the Portsmouth Priory and School 
in the '20's, and in 1947 helped to establish Salve Regina College in 
Newport. (For many years he was chairman of Salve's Advisory Board.) 
He also had much to do with the founding of Vernon Court College in 
Newport; and served on the Advisory Board of Newton College until 
his death. 

Mr. Moore was a friend of Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, and Ken- 
nedy; Mrs. JacqueHne Kennedy Onassis; and Eamon de Valera; recipi- 
ent of honorary degrees from Salve Regina College and Providence Col- 
lege; former president of the Newport National Bank; and former 
chairman of the Newport City Council. He was active in the Irish Amer- 
ican Historical Association, the Irish Scholarship Foundation, the ad- 
visory committee of the Society of Friends of Touro Synagogue, the 
Holy Name Society, Knights of Columbus, Ancient Order of Hiber- 
nians, Sons of Irish Kings, Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, and IMPACT 
R.I. INC. 



Cardinal Cushing with Sister Gabrielle Husson, president of the College from 
1956 to 1969. 



Alumnae Weekend 

Members of all graduating classes attended Newton's annual Alumnae 
Weekend, held this year from November 13-15. It was one of the few 
times that members of all graduating classes had been invited to attend. 

The weekend commenced with a cocktail party for reunion classes 
(1950, 1955, 1960, and 1965) at the home of President and Mrs. 
Whalen. The class of 1950 then met at the home of Connie Ryan 
Eagan in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts; the class of 1960 at the 
Towne House (formerly the Hampshire House) in Boston; and the 
class of 1965 at the Officers' Club on Summer Street in Boston. 

On Saturday morning, graduates met for coffee, doughnuts, and 
registration in Stuart's East Lounge. Those interested then toured the 
campus, and for many who had not been here in ten years or more 
there was a lot to see. (Completed since 1960 have been the Chapel 
of the Holy Trinity in 1962, the faculty office and student union wing 
of Stuart in 1964, Keyes House South and the Spellman Infirmary in 
1965, the Kenny-Cottle Library in 1966, the remodeling of the Put- 
nam Art Center in 1967, and Keyes House North and the Barry Science 
Pavilion in 1969.) A general discussion entitled "Education at Newton 
1970" followed. 

Two luncheons were held: for the reunion classes in Barat House, 
and for the remaining alumnae in Stuart House. Saturday afternoon 
was left free for football games, shopping, and getting together with 

In the evening, all alumnae were invited to attend a reception given 
by Dr. and Mrs. Whalen in Barat House. This was followed by the 
Tres Bien Ball, an annual event sponsored by the alumnae of Newton, 
Manhattanville, and Newton Country Day School for the benefit of 
the Sacred Heart Development Fund. The event was held this year at 
the Sheraton Plaza Hotel, chaired by Ursula Kent '60, and co-chaired 
by Connie Murphy Hughes '67, Carole Ward McNamara '60, 
Nancy McAuliffe Blake '61, Julie Halleran Donahue '61, Midge 
Galvin Conners '57, and Joan Donohue O'Neil '61. 

On Sunday morning, this very successful weekend concluded with a 
Mass and brunch. 

Reunion class chairmen were Connie Ryan Eagan '50, Pat Le- 
Claire Mitchell '55, Sheila Marshall Gill '60, Fran Fortin 
Breau '60, Julie O'Neill '60, and Annmarie O'Connor Stanton 


AASH at Newton 

On October 3, a conference sponsored by the Washington Province 
of the Associated Alumnae of the Sacred Heart (AASH) was held on 
the Newton campus. Nearly 100 Sacred Heart alumnae attended group, 
discussions concerning various facets of Sacred Heart education, and 
heard addresses by lay educators and religious of the Sacred Heart. 
Luncheon was served at Newton Academy, and the day concluded 
with a Mass in the Chapel of the Holy Trinity at Newton. 

Of special interest to many was an address delivered by Sister Dor- 
othy Murray, Superior at the Convent of the Sacred Heart at Stone 
Ridge in Washington, D. C, entided "The Voice of the Religious." 
The following are excerpts : 

I propose to share my thoughts with you concerning the differences 
between "traditional religious life" and "religious life with a tradi- 
tion" because it is perhaps in some of these areas that you as alum- 
nae wish and deserve an ongoing explanation. . . . Lately, as you 
look at us, you see very little of the so-called "traditional religious" 
or of what you would consider "traditional religious life." To begin 
with, the most superficial. You see many of us in contemporary 
dress and you secretly or overtly wonder why. I might add here that 
in the strict sense we are being most traditional in adopting such 
dress, because this is exactly what the foundresses of rehgious or- 
ders wore — the dress of their day. ... 


You have heard that we enjoy vacations, visit homes, our own and 
those of friends, and you question our poverty. You know that we 
attend various kinds of meetings (some more joyful than others!) 
etc., etc. You have visited or heard about our religious who live 
and/or work in the inner city, or those who are in individual aposto- 
lates living in small apartments. You have heard of those who seem 
so much "at home" in mixed company, are active in various and 
civic social movements, involved in workshops in great variety. You 
have watched great changes in our schools. 

I could go on, but these and many more examples could fill in the 
picture that convinces many people that there is very little left of 
what they considered to be "traditional religious life" and so the 
image of the "traditional religious" has been shattered and what is 

May I suggest that perhaps what is left is a religious life with a 
"great tradition" and individual religious men and women who live the 
gospel ever more completely, personalize the spirit of their foundresses 
in their daily lives and so respond to the urgent and overwhelming 
needs of 1970 in a truly relevant way. . . . Today, 1970, "reli- 
gious life with a tradition" is radically dedicated to [two] constants — 
prayer and compassion (service). But because of the radically differ- 
ent world in which we live, the thrust has changed — many of the 
externals have altered. . . . 

But from the theological point of view it is perhaps the Incarna- 
tional thrust, the move from the static view of the world to a dynamic 
one, the realization that the secular and the sacred cannot really be 
separated — that has had the most profound effects on "traditional 
religious life. ..." Because of this stress on incamational theology, 
there is a different understanding of the vows. Poverty is seen as a 
sharing of goods, a very gospel oriented concept, and this on a pro- 
found level — the sharing of all kinds of goods: talents, interest, 
friendship, time — in short, a total sharing. Chastity is envisioned as 
the gift of unrestricted love, freeing the person to love always those 
most in need, and loving with the limitless power of Christ. Obedi- 
ence expresses itself in service; service to the Christ who is all around 
us and calls us forth to respond to His Command to build the earth, 
bringing it to birth. 

And so we search for the way in which we may most fully express 
this gift which is ours. We have before us many alternatives and the 
Gospel must be our inspiration, in a sense our life. But it is not a 
roadmap. It is, as Bernard Haring has said, "the promise that we can 
become people who care, risk, pay to shape the future." Let us 
pray that we shall be religious who, under the guidance of the 
Spirit, do just that — care, risk, pay, that we may live the Gospel 
Promise to shape the future. 



NEW YORK: Members of New York's Westchester Club hosted a 
cocktail party in June for Dr. James J. Whalen, president of the Col- 
lege, and Mrs. Whalen. The event, organized by Sue Roy Patten '64 
and Kathy Wilson Conroy '64, was held at the 91st Street Convent 
of the Sacred Heart, and attended by nearly 100 alumnae, husbands, 
and dates. An informal question and answer period followed, during 
which alumnae discussed with Dr. Whalen some of the issues which had 
arisen during the preceding school year. 

RHODE ISLAND: New club officers are: Ferna Ronci Rourke '60, 
president; Elizabeth Duffy Legare '58, vice-president; Diane La- 
POLLA DiFiore '66, secretary; and Carol Donovan Levis '63, treas- 
urer. An evening Mass, celebrated at the home of Kathy Mahoney 
Plante '62 on October 8, was the occasion for this year's first meeting 
of the club. 

Rita O'Connell Donahue '52 and Joan Donohoe O'Neill '61, former and current 
presidents of the Boston Club, present a check to Dr. James J. Whalen, president of 
the College. 

Class Notes 

^ C 1 Jackie Gonzalez Parajon 
± writes from Greenwich, 
Connecticut: "My life is far from 
dull. I am 'doing my thing,' very 
busy with the children (Carlos, 9, 
Cecilia, 12, Luis, Jr., 13, and Jackie, 
15), their activities and interests, 
and taking care of the house. You 

may label my life 'family-centered.' 
Whatever time is left, I employ in 
my favorite pastimes: reading (un- 
der the 'Great Books' program), 
French conversation at the YWCA, 
and cooking." . . . Congratulations 
to Helen Hannon Minot on the 
birth of her daughter, Eliza Whit- 


ney. . . . Mimi O'Hagan reports 
that the international exchange 
program, "Entente Sacre Coeur," 
which she and Claire Murphy, a 
Manhattanville graduate, had started 
for Sacred Heart students, has been 
abandoned. "However," Mimi writes, 
"the students who did visit one an- 
other, in France and in the U. S., 
are still corresponding with each 
other, and continuing to further the 
international friendships we had 
hoped to foster by such a program." 
Mimi is still very busy with her 
own firm, doing advertising, promo- 
tion, and public relations for such 
interesting clients as the American 
Museum of Natural History, and 
Benziger, an educational publisher 
and subsidiary of Crowell and Mac- 
millan. In her spare time, she and 
Patricia Canning Alberding and 
her husband go cross-country skiing 
in the lower Berkshires. Next win- 
ter they hope to take up snow-shoe- 
ing. . . . Sister Justine Lyons 
received an M.Ed, from Harvard 
Graduate School of Education in 

chief of our yearbook. After a stint 
as Newton's publicity director, she 
began her newspaper career with 
the News Tribune in Waltham, and 
later served as a correspondent for 
the Boston Globe. She was a mem- 
ber of the original staff of the Brain- 
tree Sunday News (later the Ob- 
server Forum), and has served as 
its managing editor for the past three 
years. Patsy has had extensive ex- 
perience in reporting and evaluating 
the suburban news scene, especially 
as it concerns government. 

' ^ Cape Cod summer neigh- 
w/D bors were Pat Leary and 
Mary Ford Whalen Kingsley 
and family. The Kingsley s enjoyed 
their first summer in their new va- 
cation home in Harwichport, but 
when school started for the three 
Kingsley boys, Pat remained in 
nearby Dennisport, where she is now 
a year-round resident. She com- 
mutes daily to her Boston position 
as supervisor of American Airlines 

5 ^ ^ Class secretary, Alice Rear- 
DON PoRELL, and Bill at- 
tended his 25th reunion at Harvard 
in June. Alice writes that it was 
"an uninterrupted succession of 
well-planned social events, seasoned 
with highly intelligible symposia on 
contemporary university life, the 
war, the economy, etc., climaxed by 
Commencement exercises. The chil- 
dren were well entertained with 
separate programs for each age 
group. (As son John commented: 
'I wish the 26th was next week!')" 

5 ^ ^ Congratulations to Patsy 
w/ ^ Murray, newly named edi- 
tor of the "Associated Weeklies" of 
Massachusetts. Patsy's fifteen years 
of experience in the field began at 
Newton, where she served as fea- 
ture editor of "885" and editor-in- 


Barbara Gonzalez de 
GuERRA writes from Mon- 
terey, Mexico that she is the proud 
mother of nine children. She visited 
Ann Nooney Bowen last March 
when her husband attended a medi- 
cal convention. Viewing slides of 
Newton days together, Barbara and 
Ann reminisced while enjoying a 
preview of coming attractions in 
fashions. (If only we had saved 
our campus "midis"!) . . . Nancy 
Bowen Murphy has returned to 
school. She is taking courses at 
Framingham State College which 
will prepare her to serve as a public 
school counsellor. . . . Harriet 
Reilly Spellman lives in Brain- 
tree, Mass. with her two children: 
Paul and Katherine. Paul, Sr. is an 
assistant principal. . . . Sister Bar- 
bara BiRELEY is presently at our 


southernmost provincial academy, 
Miami's Carrolton. . . . Alumnae 
Association president, Nancy Bqw- 
DRiNG, is serving as chairman of a 
self-study group of the Associated 
Alumnae of the Sacred Heart 
(AASH). During her summer res- 
pite from teaching she enjoyed a 
third visit to Hawaii. 

* ^ Q Stephanie Landry Bari- 
%J y neau is involved in many 
civic activities in her Los Angeles 
suburb. She has most recently or- 
ganized a children's choir, and also 
gives piano lessons. ... Janet 
Grant has been promoted to group 
supervisor at Honeywell, Inc., and 
has represented the company at 
many conferences throughout the 
country during the past year. 

* V O When seen by several 
w/ O classmates at a Tres Bien 
Ball a few years ago, Pat Hannon 
Hurley announced that she was 
making her "debut" that evening 
after four years of hibernation while 
Joe attended law school. Since then 
"P" has evidently regressed rapidly, 
as she writes that her present ac- 
tivities are "Blue Birds, Pee-Wee 
Hockey, and Little League." Our 
only hope is that Joseph, 9, Margot, 
8, and Sarah, 5, are the participants. 
. . . Judy Carey Zesiger and Al 
recently returned from a two-week 
trip to Japan, and are presently in 
the process of remodeling their New 
York home on Fifth Avenue. In ad- 
dition to caring for Albert, Jr. 
("Carey"), 2, Judy also serves as 
vice-president of the executive 
board of the New York Eye and 
Ear Infirmary, and part-time lec- 
turer at the Children's Division of 
the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 
. . . Also Manhattanized, Brenda 
McLachlan Scranton sends word 
that her present occupations are 
threefold: wife (of John), mother 
(of Susannah, 2), and dog psychol- 
ogist (for a seven-year-old Welsh 
Corgi named Kurt). Hopefully, her 
sociology degree from Newton is of 
some use in these departments, but, 
with a little foresight, perhaps a 
zoology-psychology double major 
could have been arranged. ... If 
you wish to avoid mention in a 
"Missing Classmates" column, please 
sign in with your class secretary. 

^ (^C\ LoRETTA Maguire has been 
\J\J elected to the post of Town 
Meeting Member in Watertown, 
Mass. She is involved in a new pro- 
gram which will include the resi- 
dents in solving the town's prob- 
lems. . . . Kathleen McDermott 
Kelsh is busy with her two chil- 
dren, John and Mary Eileen, but 
finds time to do substitute teaching 
and work toward a Master's degree 
at night. She took time out from 
her studies this summer to relax 
with her family at their new vaca- 
tion home in Northampton, N. Y. 
. . . Connie Lucca Donovan and 
Dave returned to Marblehead, Mass. 
last fall with their three sons: Da- 
vid, Paul, and Peter, and their 
daughter, Ann Marie. . . . Nancy 
Madden Leamy, her husband, three 
daughters, and one son live in Stam- 
ford, Conn. Nancy is an ice skating 
teacher in her spare time. . . . Patsy 
McCarthy Dorsey and Joe are 
the parents of three children: Linda, 
61/2, Timothy, 4, and new daugh- 
ter, Michele Christine. Joe was re- 
cently presented the Mass. Junior 
Chamber of Commerce Award for 
his work in the field of public 
health. . . . Carole Higgins O'Con- 
nor lives in Andover, Mass. and is 
the mother of three boys: Edward, 
John, and Michael. . . . Elaine 
Holland Early and Gail Stout 
Wood have opened a boutique called 
The Poppy Shop. This creative en- 
terprise has kept them busy during 
the past year, as all the articles in 


Darry Powers Danahy: Getting It All Together 

Darry Powers Danahy '60 and 
her husband Bob are a concerned 
and courageous young couple who 
have helped thousands to compre- 
hend and adjust to the deafness 
of a child. 

Darry was teaching school when 
she contracted German measles 
during the Rubella epidemic of 
1963, and her daughter, Anne, 
now 6, was born profoundly deaf. 
Anne, who is the oldest of three 
children, has a 90% hearing loss, 
discovered when she was eight 
months old. Darry writes: "Her 
education and our educational ex- 
perience began then. 

"Since only one child in a thou- 
sand is born deaf, a pediatrician 
can go through a lifetime in his 
profession without ever seeing a 
congenitally deaf child. The aver- 
age pediatrician is not sensitive 
to the possibility of hearing loss 
in an infant. Frequently parents 
are delayed and waste valuable 
time in beginning the education 
of their hearing impaired child. So 
many parents of hearing impaired 
children have been told to wait 
awhile — the child will talk when 
he's ready. Then, at age 3V2, the 
non-talker often turns out to be 
deaf. So we urge any parent sus- 
pecting a hearing loss to have the 
child looked at by a specialist 
rather than a pediatrician. 

"The baby born deaf does not 
hear language, so concentrated 
language therapy must begin im- 
mediately. This therapy consists 
of constantly talking to the child, 
and stimulating him auditorially, 
so that he will begin to lipread, 
recognize and distinguish among 
sounds, and speak. To deny him 
that privilege by teaching him 
sign language is cruel, and re- 
stricts his communication to those 
relatively few persons skilled in 
the art of signs. 

"Anne was fitted to her first 
hearing aid shortly after her loss 
was detected. Presently she wears 
two hearing aids and they are in- 
valuable tools. She is able to dis- 
tinguish many sounds (including 
some speech sounds) through 

"We enrolled in the Thayer- 
Lindsley Nursery at Emerson Col- 
lege when Anne was two years 
old. This is a parent-centered pro- 
gram designed to educate parents 
as well as children. Anne and I 
went to school three times a week 
for two years, and Bob and I at- 
tended evening meetings, heard 
speakers, etc. We learned to use 
our home as the most natural and 
effective learning environment. 
These were the two most valuable 
years invested in her education, 
and they changed our lives sig- 

"We met people with the same 
problem and began to realize how 
widespread it was. The Rubella 
Epidemic left four times more 
deaf children in Massachusetts 
than are usually bom in a year. 
Where were they going to be edu- 

"A small group of parents began 
meeting informally. We started to 
investigate existing facilities, lo- 
cate the Rubella babies, and figure 
out how large the problem was. 
It became apparent that the four 
schools for the deaf in Massachu- 
setts couldn't handle all the chil- 
dren who would soon be at their 

"Six parents spent a day discuss- 
ing our common problem with 
the Connecticut parents. They 
urged us to consider legislation to 
provide more facilities. We came 
home and visited a legislator who 
turned out to be a strong and 
most necessary ally. With the help 
(Continued on page 51} 

(Continued from puf^c 49) 
of Senator Kevin B. Harrington 
we tiled two late-file bills. 

"The first bill provided for the 
use of classes within the public 
school system for educating deaf 
and hard of hearing children. 
Previously, almost all deaf chil- 
dren were educated in schools ex- 
clusively for deaf children. 

"The second bill established an 
Advisory Council for the Deaf 
which would be responsible to the 
State Board of Education, and 
would develop a comprehensive 
state plan for educating all deaf 
and hard of hearing children. 

"The bills were passed within 
three months, an amazing feat in 
legislative circles, which under- 
scores the strong influence of par- 
ents organized to help their handi- 
capped children. 

"The organization and use of 
the varied talents of widely scat- 
tered parents on a statewide basis 
is a tremendous challenge, but has 
been most rewarding to Bob and 
me. The part-time effort of par- 
ents is co-ordinated through the 
Massachusetts Parents' Associa- 
tion for the Deaf and Hard of 
Hearing, of which Bob has been 
president and I have been secre- 
tary for the past two years. (The 
Massachusetts Parents' Associa- 
tion was the originator of the plan 
to establish the International Par- 
ents' Organization, and its first 
affiliated member. — Ed.) 

"With the aid of the Department 
of Special Education we began to 
compile a census of the deaf in 
our state. Day programs were 
founded under the new legislation, 
the Advisory Council began to 
meet, and our organization began 
the quest for funds. We found 
that passing legislation was the 
easy part. Setting up quality pro- 
grams, attracting interesting teach- 
ers, and educating other parents 
—these are the more difficult 


"Bob and I speak alone or to- 
gether, on the work of the asso- 
ciation, needs of the deaf, etc. I 
frequently speak on my feelings 
as the mother of a handicapped 
child and I think this is my fa- 
vorite topic. So many times peo- 
ple will say: 'You've accepted 
Anne's handicap so well.' Let me 
say that a mother never accepts 
her child's handicap — she learns 
to adjust to it, and adjustment is 
a series of small and painful steps. 

"Bob has published several ar- 
ticles in professional journals, 
hoping to emphasize to educators 
the tremendous resource they have 
in parents. He has also worked on 
Federal proposals to obtain more 
money for handicapped children. 
Within the association we hold 
four meetings a year and publish 
a newsletter mailed to 3500 mem- 
bers and friends. 

"One of the most enjoyable as- 
pects of the work is traveling. We 
have met parents and educators in 
the field from all over the coun- 
try. Sharing our problems and ex- 
periences is exciting and benefi- 
cial. Bob was recently asked to 
represent the parents of the U.S. 
in Stockholm. 

"The most important aspect of 
our work is to awaken parents — 
educated parents can no longer sit 
back and accept programs de- 
signed for their children without 
investigating them. We all possess 
talents and abilities to achieve im- 
provements in the field of special 
education which cannot be accom- 
plished by even the most dedi- 
cated and effective educators. 

"The education of all children, 
but particularly the handicapped, 
requires an active and inform.ed 
parental involvement. We feel that 
the rewards are unlimited, for in 
addition to helping our own child, 
we are helping others and grow- 
ing ourselves." 

the shop have been handcrafted by 
Gail and Elaine. 

1 Barbara Feeley O'Brien 
\J I and Barry have acquired a 
horse named Sam, and Barbara has 
become an excellent horsev^oman 
and accomplished jumper. Her three 
children are also aspiring equestri- 
ans. . . . Margot Bruguiere Mar- 
tin and Bob built a new home last 
year in Holden, Mass. Margot, a 
provisional member of the Junior 
League, is the mother of two boys: 
Robert and Jeffrey. . . . Nancy 
McAuliffe Blake and Chet are 
living on Beacon Hill in Boston. 
Nancy is a board member of the 
Opera Company of Boston and a 
valuable member of the Channel 2 
auction team. . . . Mig Boyle is a 
candidate for an M.A. in adult edu- 
cation and employee development at 
George Washington University in 
Washington, D. C. . . . Gail Giere 
Collins and her husband have re- 
cently bought a home in Northamp- 
ton, Mass. Gail conducts a ballet 
school for little girls, and Aimee, 8, 
Francis, 7, and Jeremy, 3Vi, also 
keep her "on her toes." . . . Linda 
Gray McCabe and Lawrence, who 
were married on 1970's snowy 
Easter Sunday, are living in Seattle. 
Linda is a candidate for an M.A. 
in urban affairs at the University of 
Washington. . . . Carol McGee is 
an editor with Ginn and Co., where 
she is working on their linguistic 
reading series. (Teaching classmates 
may make use of her work before 
long.) . . . Mary Beth Robinson 
Rice was one of the prime movers 
in involving Newton alumnae in 
Roxbury, Mass. volunteer work 
this past winter. She is also busy 
settling into her new home in Wa- 
ban. . . . Josefina San Miguel 
DEL PuLGAR is head of the history 
department at Academia San Jose 
in Puerto Rico. She and her husband 
Cristobal, a plant manager, breed 
Doberman Pinschers as a hobby. 

She writes that she would love to 
hear some news from the "LBJ 
prank" gang. . . . Sister Mary Con- 
CETTA Dalton is principal-supcrior 
of a school in Lima, Peru, where 
she is in charge of 436 children. In 
her spare time, she is taking two 
courses, "Creative Education" and 
"Theology of Vocation and Obedi- 
ence" at the nearby Sacred Heart 
school. She reports that "all the 
Sisters have the same beautiful 
spirit, even though the language is 
different." . . . Also studying at 
Sophianum in Peru is Sister Shaw- 
LEEN Kennedy, who is taking a 
course in "Theology of Education," 
in addition to her duties as a prin- 
cipal and missionary. . . . Sister 
Judy Vollbrecht is presently a 
graduate student at the University of 
Pennsylvania, where she received a 
two-year NSF fellowship to continue 
her studies toward a doctorate in 
anthropology. She is living in Phila- 
delphia with the Sisters of Notre 
Dame de Namur while attending 
graduate school. Prior to her Ph.D. 
work, she was director of students 
at Stuart Country Day School in 
Princeton, New Jersey. . . . Sister 
Vollbrecht writes that Marge 
Carroll Pluso and Tom have 
moved to Florida; and that Nancy 
Gain Gonzalez is back in Phila- 

Ann Tomasello O'Hearn 
KJ^ and John are back in Mas- 
sachusetts; John is associated with 
Meredith and Grew in Boston. . . . 
Penny Whelan Kirk and Jack are 
building a house in Weston, Mass. 
which they hope will be ready by 
Thanksgiving. Their three boys: 
John, 6, Peter, 4, and Timmy, 2, are 
also anxious to move into their new 
home. . . . Pinky Snite Bratton, 
Kevin, and their three sons have 
moved to Wisconsin, where Kevin 
will be teaching at the University 
of Wisconsin. It's like returning 
home to Pinky, who spent a lot of 


Miv Cooke Flynn: A Special Commitment 

Miv Cooke Flynn '62 has main- 
tained a dual commitment for the 
past six years: first, to her hus- 
band and two children, and sec- 
ond, to her classes of emotionally 
disturbed and brain-damaged Long 
Island children. 

After graduation from Newton, 
and a brief stint in the Harvard- 
Radcliffe Business Administrative 
Program, Miv found employment 
as a caseworker, supervising chil- 
dren in foster care for Nassau 
County (N. Y.). She was married 
to Patrick Flynn in 1963, and 
continued her work until one 
week before the birth of her first 
child, Sarah, in the fall of 1964. 

Anxious to make use of her 
spare time in a meaningful contri- 
bution to society, Miv began 
teaching a class of emotionally 
disturbed children on a part-time 
basis. Intrigued by the field, she 
applied for (and received) a full 
graduate fellowship to study at 
Hofstra University, and in 1968 
received an M.S. in Special Edu- 

Since then, Miv has spent the 
mornings of the academic years 
1968-69 and 1969-70 teaching at 
a school for emotionally disturbed 
children. In the early part of 1969 
she took time off for the birth of 
her second child, Kiernan, and, 
in the fall, served as a guest lec- 
turer at St. Joseph's College in 
Brooklyn in special education for 
the emotionally disturbed child. 

In the summer of 1969 (and 
again this year) Miv was the di- 
rector of a special six-week pro- 
gram for brain-damaged children 
at the Garden City (N. Y.). Nurs- 
ery School. TTie program, which 
was sponsored by the Long Island 
chapter of the New York Associa- 
tion for Brain-Injured Children, 

was, as Miv describes it, "de- 
signed to help improve the body, 
self-image, and ego of these chil- 
dren who were born with brain 
defects." This year, Miv is teach- 
ing a five-hour day at a school for 
brain-injured children near her 

During this period, Miv also 
appeared as a contestant on the 
TV program. Jeopardy. Produc- 
tion people asked her to return 
and act the role of a contestant in 
a pilot film. Since then, she has 
done quite a bit of work for Merv 
Griffin's production company, 
making pilots and doing dress re- 
hearsals and live presentations for 
Let's Play Post Office, The Who, 
What, Where Game, Sale of the 
Century, and other quiz shows. 

For relaxation, Miv enjoys read- 
ing history and biography, and, 
for recreation, joins her husband 
for tennis, skiing, and family bi- 
cycle riding. 

"It's fun to be flexible," writes 
Miv. "I find that teaching is a 
satisfying autonomous occupation 
which can be done conscientiously, 
and at the same time allow me to 
make my primary commitment to 
my family. 

"Working with handicapped 
children is especially rewarding. 
When you are involved in this 
field, you measure progress in mi- 
crometers — each small step be- 
comes a tiny precious stone to be 
polished and cherished. 

"Working on such an intimate 
basis with handicapped children 
and their families makes me real- 
ize how deluged with blessings my 
life has been. I really treasure my 
life with my children, and try to 
spend it playing with them and 
enjoying them." 


time there as a youngster. . . . Liz 
Irish Keyser and John have re- 
cently bought a cooperative apart- 
ment in Bronxville, N. Y. It is lo- 
cated only a short distance from 
Lawrence Hospital, where Liz does 
volunteer work. John has recently 
received a promotion with Johnson 
and Higgins Insurance Company. 
. . . Anne Gallagher Murphy 
and Joe have three daughters and 
one son. They live in Harrington, 
Rhode Island, in an antique house 
which they enjoy decorating. . . . 
Kay Bryant Canoni and Tom live 
in Bronxville with their three chil- 
dren: Lisa, 6, Peter, 5, and David, 
IV2. John is a lawyer with a firm 
in New York City. . . . Tammi 
Kahle Hartman, Mike, and their 
two sons and two daughters are liv- 
ing in Toledo, Ohio, where Mike is 
with a securities company. . . . 
Kathy Jacobi Boehm and Bill are 
parents of a fift!h child, a daughter. 

5 Q Martha Meaney Cum- 
yj J MINGS and Ritchie have 
moved from Georgia to Andover, 
Mass. . . . Mary Ann Burke Buck- 
ley and Jim are now living in Need- 
ham, Mass., and have three chil- 
dren: James, Jr., 4Vi, Mary Kate, 
3Vi, and Edward, 1. . . . Wilma 
Sullivan Bruce and Douglas are 
residents of Norwich, Connecticut. 
They are the parents of two daugh- 
ters: Jessica and Andrea. . . . Judy 
Brill Callahan and B.J. are busy 
house-hunting these days. They are 
presently living in Woburn, Mass. 
and Judy is teaching in the area. 
. . . Fran Hesterberg is working 
for the Telephone Company in 
Brooklyn. . . . Mary Elizabeth 
Connelly spent last summer in 
Boston, and returned to Philadelphia 
in September to enter her third year 
of medical school at Jefferson Medi- 
cal College. She is hoping to spend 
her fourth year in Boston at one of 
the area's well-known teaching hos- 
pitals. . . . Judy DeMarco is living 

on Beacon Hill and working at Bos- 
ton University Medical School. , . . 
Carol Flynn took a reprieve from 
her nursing duties at Newton Welles- 
ley Hospital to tour Latin America 
in August. . . . Beth Martin is 
an instructor of student nurses at 
Mount Auburn Hospital in Cam- 
bridge, Mass. Beth took a vacation 
last summer to visit her cousin, a 
VISTA volunteer in Montana. . . . 
Carolyn McInerney has received 
new job responsibilities at the First 
National City Bank of New York. 
This will involve her in quite a bit 
of travelling this year: to St. Louis, 
San Francisco, and Minneapolis, . . . 
Sue Gauthier Milot and David 
and their two sons: Phillip and An- 
drew, are happy in their new home 
in Andover, Mass. A few of the 
girls in our class enjoyed a lovely 
luncheon reunion there in June. . . . 
Mary Droney Reynolds and 
Frankie live in Medford, Mass. with 
their daughter, Ann. They are both 
pursuing advanced degrees: Mary in 
English, and Frankie in law. . . . 
Mary Lou Rotoli is back in her 
home town of Rochester, New York 
where she is working for the Social 
Security Administration. . . . Margie 
Dever Shea and Dan moved to 
Concord, Mass. over a year ago, 
and Margie has been vigorously par- 
ticipating in political campaigns and 
the League of Women Voters. She 
has three children: Kathy, 6, Caro- 
lyn, 2V2, and Susie, 1. 

5/^/1 MoRNA Ford Sheehy's hus- 
D I band, John, practices law in 
New York City. They have two 
children: John, Jr., 4V2, and Lau- 
ren, IV2. . . . Patty Thomas Gass 
and Ray and their daughter, Lisa, 2, 
are living in Evanston; Ray is a 
member of the Illinois Bar. . . . 
Brenda Condrey McDermott and 
Frank live in Chelmsford, Mass., 
where he is also an attorney. Their 
two children are: Frank, Jr., 3, and 
Susan, 2. . . . Practicing law in 


the Manchester, Mass. area is 
Sheila Driscoll Goddard's hus- 
band, Charles. The Goddards are 
the parents of Meredith, 2. . . . 
One of the most recent members of 
the legal profession is Karen 
Murphy Birmingham's husband, 
Jack, who graduated from B.C. Law 
School in June, and will be prac- 
ticing in Boston. ... A luncheon in 
April for Boston area classmates 
was hosted by Elia Capone Dan- 
gelmaier. Among those attending 
were: Gay Telerico Peckham, Su- 
san Lee Gannon, Mary McKeon 
Connelly, Sheila Driscoll God- 


Murphy Birmingham, and Chip 
Donahue Boes. Elia and her hus- 
band, Ralph, an engineer, live in 
Reading, Mass. with their two boys: 
Ralph, 4, and Robbie, 2. . . . Gay 
Telerico Peckham and John call 
Sherborn, Mass. home. They also 
have two boys: John, 3, and Mi- 
chael, 2. John, Sr. is an engineer 
with an electronics company. . . . 
Susan Lee Gannon and Joe have 
two daughters: Mary, 3, and Kate, 
1. . . . Mary McKeon Connelly 
and Gil, a physician, are the parents 
of Elizabeth, IV2. . . . Barbara 
Richardson Paulus and Harry are 
living in Hartsdale, New York, 
where Barbara is a kindergarten 
teacher and Harry is an accountant 
with Union Carbide. . . . Regina 
McDonnell Hayes and Jeff are 
Manhattanites. Regina is an assistant 
editor of children's books with Cow- 
ard-McCann, Inc. and Jeff produces 
educational films and filmstrips with 
Thomas Sand Enterprises. His first 
publication, a children's book, is 
entitled The Lion's Eyeglasses. . . . 
Karen DeCavalcante also spends 
her days in New York City, where 
she is an assistant research director 
for Seventeen. . . . Ann Staples 
is now Sister Sarah Anne and is 
teaching high school in Kenya. She 
would enjoy hearing from former 
classmates at her remote address: 
P.O. Box 2001, Mombasa, Kenya, 

East Africa. . . . Mary Jane Col- 
lins is a social worker in Albuquer- 
que, New Mexico with the Bernalillo 
County Welfare Office. She has been 
in New Mexico since graduation, 
first as a volunteer teacher with the 
Extension Program in Albuquerque, 
and then as a teacher in Santa Fe. 
. . . Jane O'Neil Markey and 
Fred live and work in Boston. Jane 
is a programmer with the State 
Street Bank, and Fred is with John 
Hancock, . . . Kathy Hart is a sec- 
ond grade teacher in Leicester, Mass. 
Since graduation, Kathy has also re- 
ceived her M.Ed. . . . Pat Kostek 
Frech and Roger live in Corvallis, 
Oregon with their two children: 
Kevin Roger, 5, and Stacy, 2. Roger 
is an assistant professor at Oregon 
State. Pat is chairman of the Cor- 
vallis Community Day Care Center 
and a member of the League of 
Women Voters. She also served as 
chairman of "McCarthy for Presi- 
dent" area coffees in 1968. . . . Judy 
Nolan Cahill is a real estate broker 
and an art teacher in the Stamford 
(Conn.) public schools. Jimmy is a 
sales representative for Monsanto, 
Inc. in New York City. . . . Peachy 
Leach Powers and Ed and their 
two children: Lauren, 5, and Teddy, 
4, live in Somerville, Mass. Peachy 
is a real estate broker and Ed is a 
stockbroker. . . . We were sorry to 
hear that Donna Shea Urey was in 
an automobile accident in June, in 
which she fractured her spine. Her 
little boy, Brian, was also injured. 
Donna's address is: 6833 Lemon 
Road, McLean, Virginia 22101. 
We're sure she would appreciate 
hearing from you, as she will be re- 
cuperating for quite a while. . . . 
Marilyn Fazio Mueller and Fred 
live in Elmwood Park, Illinois. Fred 
is a sales representative for R. R. 
Donnelly and Co. They are the par- 
ents of Billy, 5, Lisa, 3, and Mi- 
chael, 2. . . . Rita Garbarini Brown, 
Michael, and Christopher, P/2, are 
living in Stamford, Connecticut. Mi- 
chael is the general manager of Har- 


bor Marine Center in Cos Cob. . . . 
Alice McDowell Pempel and her 
husband, John, are living in Japan 
while John writes his dissertation 
for a Ph.D. in political science. Alice 
is also working for a Ph.D. in theol- 
ogy. . . . Kay Raleigh DiFrancesca 
has received her doctorate in clinical 
psychology. She and her husband 
live in Wheaton, Maryland, with 
their son, John, 2. . . . Carol Sin- 
NOTT Ulmer and Charlie make their 
home in New Rochelle, where Char- 
lie is a sailmaker. They have two 
children. . . . Carol Odenbach Mc- 
Carthy and Jim live in Rochester, 
N. Y., where Jim is a sales repre- 
sentative for Dolomite Products 
Co. Carol is a part-time secretary at 
home, and the mother of Christine, 
5, and James Robert, 3Vi. . . . De- 
anna Zugger Breithaupt and Pe- 
ter are in Detroit, where Peter is 
the resident manager of the Statler 
Hilton. Deanna teaches music part- 
time, in addition to caring for Scott, 
IV2. . . . Marcia Murphy is a Ph.D. 
candidate in clinical psychology at 
Boston University. . . . Class secre- 
tary Chip Donahue Boes says that 
she thinks of many classmates often 
when she takes the boys to the Way- 
land Town Beach at Lake Cochitu- 
ate, and reports: "We even have 


Linda Mason Crimmins 
and Tom have moved 
from Virginia to New Jersey. Tom, 
who has been in the Navy for the 
last five years, was released^ from 
the service in May. The same month, 
Linda and Tom welcomed their 
third child, Tracy, who joins sister 
Kelley, 3, and brother Michael, 2. 
Linda hopes to do substitute teach- 
ing in special education this year. 
. . . Fran Murray Taylor writes 
that she and Frank have also moved 
to New Jersey. Frank is the As- 
sistant General Manager of the 
Woolco Department Store in Pleas- 

antville. The Taylors have four 
children: Theresa, 6, Elizabeth, 4, 
Michele, 2, and Christopher, 1. . . . 
Karen Kinnealey Turke and Ken 
are living in New York City where 
Ken is an M.B.A. candidate at Co- 
lumbia. . . . SiMONE PoIRIER DEELY 

has received her Master's in Eng- 
lish from the University of New 
Brunswick in Canada. John earned 
his Ph.D. from the Institute for 
Philosophical Research and is now 
employed at the Institute as a re- 
search consultant. Simone and John 
are the parents of a two-year-old 
son, Matthew. . . . Having received 
her M.S. in elementary education 
from Boston State, Pat McEvoy 
Smith is now living in Philadelphia 
and is on the board of directors of 
the League of Women Voters. In 
addition to raising two-year-old 
Kimberly, Pat is also doing part- 
time substitute teaching. 

'/T/T Two summer weddings 
v/VJ served as mini-reunions for 
seventeen members of the class. 
Wedding party members at Marilyn 
Flynn McGuire's May wedding 
were Ann Marie Kennedy Burke, 
who served as matron of honor, 
and Karen Carty O 'Toole. Among 
the guests were: Maureen Har- 
NiscH, Annemarie Sweeney Valko, 
Mary Donahue, Carol Hibbert 
Lynch, Ellen McElroy, and Joan 
McRedmond Walsh. ... At Joyce 
Beck Hoy's wedding in September, 
Marcia Peckham Nix flew in from 
California to be matron of honor. 
(Marcia's husband, Grover, served 
as lector at the ceremony.) Ann- 
Marie Carroll was a bridesmaid, 
and others in attendance at the wed- 
ding included Sue Larkin, Roz 
MooRE, Terry Ancona Orueta, 
Valerie Barber Brewster, and 
Cathy Beyer Hurst. . . . Marilyn 
Flynn McGuire and Jim are liv- 
ing in White Plains, N. Y. Marilyn 
is working as an administrative as- 


sistant for a building maintenance 
company, and taking courses in in- 
terior decoration, Jim is a marketing 
representative at Computer Sciences 
Corporation. . . . Joyce Beck Hoy 
is living in New Jersey, where David 
(new recipient of a Ph.D. in philos- 
ophy from Yale) will be teaching 
at Princeton. Joyce has also com- 
pleted all credits for her Ph.D. in 
philosophy from Yale, and will 
buckle down to dissertation writing 
this fall. . . . Sue Larkin is teach- 
ing physical education at C. W. Post 
College on Long Lsland, and work- 
ing on an M.A. in English there. 
, . . Roz Moore, R.S.C.J. is teach- 
ing at the Convent of the Sacred 
Heart in Portsmouth, R. I. (Elm- 
hurst). . . . Doris Heller Finen 
and John are the parents of John 
III, Wi. They have been living in 
Nashville, Tennessee, for two years, 
where John, Jr. works for the Finen 
Leather Company. . . . Marilyn 
Bohrer Dewar and Tom have fin- 
ished building their new home in 
Millis, Mass. just in time to house 
their new daughter, Cynthia. They've 
worked on it for nearly two years, 
doing all of the shingling, tiling, 
woodworking, painting (inside and 
out), papering, and floorlaying them- 
selves. Marilyn also received her 
M.Ed, from Boston State this sum- 
mer. . . . Mary Frances Finney 
received her M.Ed, from St. Louis 
University in June. . . . Janet Stone, 
who has been working with dis- 
turbed children in Roxbury and 
Needham (Mass.) while obtaining 
an M.S. in psychology from Boston 
State, is returning to San Francisco 
and will continue her work there. 
. . . Sue Carrell Norris and Bill 
are living in Sausalito, California, 
where Sue is a real estate broker. 
Before her marriage, she flew as a 
purser with Pan Am for three and a 
half years. Sue invites all alumnae 
to visit them at their winter retreat 
at Tahoe, and reports that she and 
Bill are investigating the possibility 
of buying a livc-on boat to live on! 

^/T^ Julie Gilbert and Bar- 
\J I bara Butler have com- 
pleted their second years at law 
school: Julie at Harvard and Bar- 
bara at Fordham. . . . When not 
teaching in their respective class- 
rooms, Jill Shipway Roy and Sue 
Armstrong Boulay saw a good 
deal of each other on the ski slopes 
of New Hampshire last winter. 
Ronny Boulay is an instructor at 
the Waterville Valley ski school. 
Mike Roy graduated from the Mass. 
College of Optometry in June, and 
is presently awaiting news from 
Uncle Sam. . . . Rosie Boedeker 
RoBBiNs and Phil are the parents 
of a daughter. Phil, an M.D., has 
completed a year of internship, and 
was sent to Vietnam this summer. 
. . . Terry Lane Ferrarone and 
Ned are living in Boston. Terry 
teaches second grade in Framing- 
ham, and is taking courses toward 
an M.A.T. Ned, a graduate of B.C. 
Business School, is the director of 
the Boston office of the National 
Alliance of Businessmen. This sum- 
mer they enjoyed a ten-week trip 
to Europe, including Scandinavia, 
Poland, and Russia. . . . Colette 
Facques has also travelled exten- 
sively since graduation, and is now 
living in France. . . . Sue Nunlist 
Smyth and Neal are the parents of 
a new son. The Smyths live in Cin- 
cinnati, where Neal is with Dracut 
Pharmaceutical Company. . . . Ann 
Maguire, who has been teaching 
French at Medfield (Mass.) High 
School, has begun work toward an 
M.A.T. at the University of Massa- 
chusetts at Amherst. . . . Maureen 
Dailey McFalls and Hugh are liv- 
ing in Manhattan, Kansas, where he 
is serving as a lawyer for the Army. 
. . . Donna Puerini Benedict was 
a member of Maureen's wedding 
party in February. She and Jim live 
in Cranston, R. L . . . Lisa Zintl is 
working at Harvard as administra- 
tive assistant to Oscar Handlin, the 
director of the Charles Warren Cen- 
ter for Studies in American History. 


. . . Gayle Forbes is a researcher 
in clinical genetics at the Children's 
Medical Center, where pioneer work 
in amniocentesis (intra-uterine diag- 
nosis) is being done. Gayle is also 
experimenting in sculpture and fur- 
niture design, and served as ticket 
and decorations chairman of our 
Boston Club spring luncheon in 
April. She is sharing an apartment 
with Pat Curtis who is a social 
worker in Boston. . . . Kathy Doran 
Hegenbart and Joe have two chil- 
dren: Christine and Jay, and a new 
home in Weston, Mass. Joe is now 
at the State. Street Bank in Boston. 
Kathy appeared on Boston television 
this spring as part of a panel discus- 
sion on Channel 4's For Women 
Today. . . . Paula Lyons is a spe- 
cial assistant to the president of 
Boston College. In the spring she 
accompanied 90 college students, in- 
cluding Newton undergraduates, to 
Washington to meet with congres- 
sional leaders. The primary aim of 
her job this summer was to develop 
roles for the college in the Boston 
community. . . . Martha Cummings 
is head of a research team at the 
Enterprise Fund of the State Street 
Bank in Boston. . . . Margaret 
Glynn is working in San Francisco. 
... Also in California are Cathy 
Palenchar West and Tim. . . . 
Mary Herring Sonderegger and 
Dick have recently returned to the 
Boston area after three years in Kan- 
sas City, where he served with the 
Marine Corps. Mary was named the 
top woman racing car driver in the 
area; and both Mary and Dick were 
seen working as members of the 
Schmidts' Beer racing team pit crew. 
Recent races included the "Daytona 
24 Hour" and the "Sebring 12 
Hour." Mary is now an investment 
counselor with United Business Serv- 
ices, and Dick is a programming 
analyst. . . . Andrea Fallon, after 
extensive Caribbean travel, moved 
to Manhattan last year. She is a le- 
gal secretary for the firm of Breed, 
Abbott, and Morgan there. . . . 

Upon conclusion of her Peace Corps 
service on the island of Borneo, 
Kathy Flanigan Asmuth travelled 
through Asia, the Middle East, and 
southern Europe. She is presently 
an interior designer in Milwaukee, 
and has recently been elected to the 
board of directors of Lad Lake, a 
home for disturbed adolescent boys. 
. . . Carolann Haines Stiles and 
Bea Miale Jackson (and year-old 
Gregory) have joined their husbands 
in Germany, where they are sta- 
tioned with the Army. . . . Janet 
LoTz O'Connor and Tom are both 
working at Smith Barney in New 
York City. 

^/TQ Pat Harte is a candidate 
DO for an M.A. in vocational 
rehabilitation at N.Y.U. . . . Geri 
Sheehan received a Master's in so- 
cial work from Boston College this 
June. . . . Terry DeAvila returned 
home this summer after being 
awarded a graduate degree in art in 
Florence, Italy. . . . Ra Hordeski 
Kappus is working toward an 
M.A.T. at Boston College while 
George attends B.C. Law. . . . Betty 
Small is an M.S. candidate at 
Xavier University in Ohio, where 
she holds a graduate teaching as- 
sistantship. . . . Marge Smith Mitch- 
ell received her M.Ed, from Co- 
lumbia, and taught third grade in 
Rhode Island prior to her marriage. 
. . . Joyce Southard is presently 
pursuing an M.Ed, degree at Boston 
College. She served as the assistant 
director of the division of elemen- 
tary studies at the Lincoln Filene 
Center at Tufts University during 
the 1968-1969 school year. . . . 
Sheila McIntyre and Pat Brock 
are sharing an apartment and teach- 
ing: Pat in Charlestown, and Mac 
at Cardinal Spellman High School. 
. . . Sue Archambault is a social 
worker in the Los Angeles area. . . . 
After a trip to Europe in August, 
Christine Bruguiere has begun her 


third year of teaching in Racine, 
Wisconsin. . . . Pat Wolf is back in 
Shrewsbury, Mass. after having 
worked for Senator Goodell (R.- 
N. Y.) in Washington. 

Ellen Chamberlain Ed- 
gar and George are serving 

as VISTA volunteers. . . . Chantal 
MoREAU Aramati received her Mas- 
ter's from Boston College in August, 
and is now a Ph.D. candidate. Vic- 
tor is a member of the technical en- 
gineering staff at Bell Telephone 
Laboratories, and is working toward 
an M.A. at M.I.T. . . . Ann Less- 
ING Benedict is employed at the 
Chase Manhattan Bank on Wall 
Street as an assistant portfolio man- 
ager in the Pension Trust Investment 
department. . . . Patricia Giammalvo 
Meunier is a chemist at Molecular 
Research Corporation in Cambridge, 
Mass. Norman is a student at North- 
eastern University. . . . Patricia 
Kenny Seremet has been an Eng- 
lish teacher at Weaver High School 
in Hartford, Connecticut. As the 
freshman class advisor, she also su- 
pervised bake sales and S-O-U-L 
record hops. Peter is a grad student 
in American history at the Univer- 
sity of Massachusetts. Pat had some 
interesting news for Boston shop- 
pers: "I bought my wedding govv^n at 
Filene's Basement for $11.99, re- 
duced from $145.00, with the origi- 
nal I. Magnin tag attached. It was 
either that or a tie-dye academic 
gown." . . . Enid LoPresti Solin 
is a telephone usage counselor for 
Southern New England Telephone. 
Michael is a medical student at Yale. 
. . . Winifred Pattie East Faulk- 
ner received an M.A. in urban stud- 
ies at Washington University this 
spring, and is also working full-time 
as a city planner in St. Louis. Jim 
is a student at St. Louis University 
School of Medicine. . . . Cynthia 
McManus Crosson and David are 
stationed in Augsburg, Germany, 

where he is with the Security Agency 
of the U. S. Army. . . . Ellen 
Burns Edson is a sociology gradu- 
ate student and teaching assistant at 
the University of Massachusetts.' . . . 
Sister Hyacinth Joan Gonsalves 
received her degree from Boston 
State College Graduate School, and 
has begun her missionary work in 
India. . . . Dianne Doucette Staiti 
is putting her nursing degree to 
good use in California, where Peter 
is serving as a member of the Judge 
Advocate General Corps of the 
Army. . . . Gretchen Foltz re- 
ceived an M.Ed, from Manhattan- 
ville in July. She taught the 6th 
grade in Scarsdale while studying 
for her degree. . . . Angie Stue- 
cheli is attending graduate school 
at the University of Michigan, 
where she's taking courses in guid- 
ance and counseling. . . .. Kathy 
O'Neil is a Trading Room assistant 
at Massachusetts Financial Services 
(an investment company) in Bos- 
ton. . . . Debbie Bender has begun 
studying for a Master's in guid- 
ance and counseling at the Univer- 
sity of Syracuse. . . . Bunty Ford 
Crane and Daniel are both stu- 
dents at the University of Virginia. 
. . . Brigid Shanley is running 
the campaign for Nelson Gross, Re- 
publican U. S. Senatorial candidate 
from New Jersey. . . . Pamela De- 
Leo received her M.A. from Rut- 
gers in June. 

^^(l Several members of the 
/ yj class are pursuing advanced 
degrees: Clare Angelozzi, after a 
summer of European travel, has be- 
gun full-time study for a graduate 
degree in French at the University 
of Strasbourg, France. . . . Lucy 
CoNAN is working toward an R.N. 
and a B.S. in nursing at Columbia 
on a full scholarship. Lucy worked 
as a medical secretary from June 
to September. . . . Justine Meehan 
is also at Columbia, where she is an 


M.A. candidate in developmental 
psychology. During the summer, 
she worked under a grant with the 
psychiatric research team at St. Vin- 
cent's Hospital in New York. . . . 
Margaret Finn is studying at the 
University of Michigan for a Ph.D. 
in classics. She attended summer 
school at Harvard. . . . Ann Feeney 
is working towards a Ph.D. in med- 
ical sciences at Cornell. During the 
summer she received some first-hand 
experience as a research technician at 
the Jimmy Fund Research Labs in 
Boston. . . . Anne Impink is study- 
ing for a Master of International Serv- 
ice degree at the School of Interna- 
tional Service at American Univer- 
sity in Washington, D. C. . . . Mary 
Ann Iraggi hopes to receive a Mas- 
ter's in political science at the Uni- 
versity of Pennsylvania. This past 
summer, she served as a staff co- 
ordinator and director of junior 
counselling at Camp Jeanne d'Arc. 
. . . Kim Jackson is earning a stu- 
dio art degree at S.U.N.Y. at Al- 
bany. . . . Marianne Jackson is 
studying for an M.A. in history at 
Central Connecticut College. Prior 
to graduate school, she worked at 
the campaign headquarters of Emilio 
Daddario, democratic nominee for 
governor of Connecticut. . . . Donna 
JuDD has accepted a position with 
Pan Am as a stewardess on trans- 
Atlantic flights. . . . Nancy Ax- 
thelm is working at Grey Advertis- 
ing in New York City, as a 
part-time fashion coordinator and a 
writer of television commercials 
and advertisements. . . . Sheila 
GoRMLEY spent the summer at Rad- 
cliffe Secretarial School. . . . Sister 
JuLiANNE Franchi is teaching 8th 
grade at Our Lady of Peace School 
in Brooklyn. . . . Kieran Kilcullen 
worked this summer for the Lay 
Apostolate in Boston with teenagers, 
especially runaways and drug ad- 
dicts. . . . Beth Learson was in- 
volved in similar summer volunteer 
work at Runaway House in Wash- 
ington, D. C. 


1965 — Virginia O'Hara to Chris- 
topher C. Bowker, in April. 

1965 — Margaret Schmitt to Leon- 
ard J. Sterba, in Ridgewood, 
N. J., in May. 

1965 — Mary Ratchford to Fred- 
erick Hesselgrave, in Orange, 
N. J., on August 28. 

1965 — Karen Kinnealey to Ken- 
neth Turke, on September 

1966 — Marilyn Flynn to James 
McGuire, in the Newton 
College Chapel, on May 23. 

1966 — Gail Lavin to Dr. Edward 

J. Reardon, in Milton, Mass., 

on June 6. 
1966 — Joyce Beck to David C. 

Hoy, in Syosset, N. Y., on 

September 6. 

1966 — Susan Carrell to William 
Norris, in New York City, 
on September 19. 

1967 — Janet Lotz to Thomas 
O'Connor, in November, 

1967 — Elizabeth Becherer to Lt. 
Peter Minnar, in the New- 
ton College Chapel, in May. 

1967— Patricia Lawlor to Kent B. 
Webster, in Wilmington, Ver- 
mont, in May. 

1967 — Sandra McGrath to Mi- 
chael D. Huke, in Liftwood, 
Delaware, in May. 

1967 — Mary Ellen Haley to John 
T. O'Dea, in West Roxbury, 
Mass., in July. 

1967 — Kathryn Jones to Howard 
M. Kilguss, on August 1. 

1967 — Susan Egan to Capt. Paul 
C. Giannelli, in Rockville 
Centre, N. Y., on August 9. 

1967 — Jane DeNicola to Richard 
L. Tetzlaff, in Milton, Mass., 
in September. 

1 967 — Kathleen Collins to Thomas 
B. Manning, in Fall River, 
Mass., on September 12. 

1967 — Suzanne Brouillard to Wil- 
liam J. Cotter, in Whitman, 
Mass., on September 19. 


1968 — DoRSEY McGowAN to Chris- 
topher Flynn, in December, 

1968 — Sherrie McGurk to James 
G. Malmo, in February. 

1968 — YvETTE Seyler to James F. 
Black, Jr., in April. 

1968 — Mary Margaret Vreden- 
BURGH to John McGrath III, 
on April 4. 

1968 — Connie Fagan to Frank L. 
Yusi, on April 11. 

1968 — Ellen Caroselli to Ber- 
nard G. Peter, Jr., in Wake- 
field, Mass., in May. 

1968 — Patricia Feeney to Ed- 
mund Cully, in the Newton 
College Chapel, on June 20. 

1968 — Joyce Southard to Richard 
W. Finnegan, in June. 

1968 — Donna Sandmaier to Lt. 
Charles B. Garden, in Wayne, 
Pa., on July 12. 

1968 — Margaret Smith to Allen 

D. Mitchell, in Elizabeth, 
N. J., on July 12. 

1968 — Patricia Healey to Edward 
M. DeSear, in Riverside, 
Conn., in August. 

1968 — Mary Anita Sanford to 
Hugh B. O'Malley, in the 
Newton College Chapel, on 
August 8. 

1969 — Patricia Giammalvo to 
Norman Meunier, in June, 

1969 — Chantal Moreau to Victor 
S. Aramati, in June, 1969. 

1969— Ellen Burns to David Ed- 
son, on June 14, 1969. 

1969 — Mary Ann Grimberg to 
Edward S. Rooney, Jr., in 
July, 1969. 

1969 — Winifred Pattie East to 
James C. Faulkner, Jr., in 
August, 1969. 

1969 — Enid LoPresti to Michael 

E. Solin, in August, 1969. 
1969 — Mary Ann Rogers to Rich- 
ard B. Edwards, in August, 

1969 — Cynthia McManus to Lt. 
David Crosson, on August 
23, 1969. 

1969— Ana Silva to Lt. Dudley L. 

Bauerlein, Jr., in February. 
1969 — Ellen Chamberlain to 

George R. Edgar, on March 


1969 — Marjorie McGah to David 
W. Scanlon, in March. 

1969 — Jill Hendrickson to Wil- 
liam H. Daly, Jr., in April. 

1969 — Sheila Carroll to James 
W. Pickens, in Danielson, 
Conn., on May 23. 

1969 — Karen Kelly to Richard K. 
Sullivan, in Milton, Mass., 
on June 6. 

1969 — Ann Lessing to William P. 
Benedict, in Islip, N, Y., on 
June 27. 

1969 — Patricia Kenny to Peter M. 

Seremet, in West Hartford, 

Conn., on June 20. 
1969 — Jeanne Fanelli to James L. 

McGuinness, in Larchmont, 

N. Y., in June. 
1969 — Elizabeth Walker to John 

J. Talbot, in Stamford, Conn., 

in June. 

1969 — Ellen Kane to James T, 
Treat, in Nairobe, Kenya, E. 
Africa, on July 4. 

1 969 — Frances Tomasello to Kevin 
J. Fleming, in July. 

1969 — Elizabeth Sargent to Fred- 
eric T. Zuegg, on August 22. 

1969 — Sarah Ford to J. Stephen 
Baine, in Winnetka, 111., on 
August 29. 

1969 — Elizabeth Conaty to Henry 
P. Misisco, in Rumford, R. I., 
on September 7. 

1970 — Franceen Scann to Thomas 
L. Stewart, Jr., in New Ha- 
ven, Conn., in May. 

1970 — Judy Gualtieri to Robert 

W. Coleman, in Worcester, 

Mass., in May. 
1970 — Susan Denley to John M. 

DeStefano, Jr., in Melrose, 

Mass., in June. 
1970 — Elizabeth Giammalvo to 

John J. Schimoler, Jr., at 

the Newton College Chapel, 

in June. 

1970 — Susan Kanski to Terence N. 


Gilchriest, in Indian Orchard, 
Mass., in June. 

1970 — Mary Frances McLaugh- 
lin to John J. Finn, Jr., in 
New York City, in July. 

1970 — Muriel Christine Daley 
to J. Kurt Schumacher, in 
West Roxbury, Mass., on 
August 2. 

1970 — Mary Jo Pucci to Victor J. 
Orsinger, Jr., in Watch Hill, 
R. I., on August 8. 


1959— To Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. 
McNamara (Mary Kelley), 
a sixth child and first daugh- 
ter, Mary Suzanne, on April 

1963 — To Dr. and Mrs. Lubomir 
Gleiman (Nancy Waeber), 
a second child and first son, 
Cyril Edward, in July. 

1964 — ^To Mr. and Mrs. Thomas 
L. Gruber (Kathleen Mc- 
Carty), a son, Leo Robert, 
on March 1 1 . 

1964— To Mr. and Mrs. Edward' T.. 
Clissold (Sally Reuter), a 
second daughter, Amy, in 

1964 — To Mr. and Mrs. Thomas 
Redgate (Ellen Shaughn- 
essy), a fourth child, in 

1964 — To Mr. and Mrs. John P. 
Birmingham, Jr. (Karen 
Murphy), a third child and 
second daughter, Sara, on 
June 17. 

1964 — To Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. 
Davis (Maureen Leahy), a 
son, Robert Bonner II, on 
July 26. 

1965 — To Mr. and Mrs. Thomas 
Crimmins, Jr. (Linda Ma- 
son), a third child, Tracy, 
in May. 

1966 — To Mr. and Mrs. Carlos 
Orueta (Terry Ancona), a 

daughter, Maite-Helene, on 
April 5. 

1966 — To Mr. and Mrs. Thomas 
Dewar (Marilyn Bohrer), 
a daughter, Cynthia, on Oc- 
tober 2. 

1967 — To Mr. and Mrs. Thomas 
Koller (Susan Kaiser), a 
second daughter, Wendy, in 

1967— To Mr. and Mrs. Clifton 
W. McKenney, Jr. (Karen 
Chitro), a daughter, Kris- 
tin Elizabeth, on April 4. 

1967— To Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. 
Loughlin (Renee Erma- 
tinger), a second child and 
first daughter, Christine Alli- 
son, on July 2. 

1968— To Mr. and Mrs. Peter G. 
Groer (Maureen Wimberly), 
a son, Peter Ceroid, Jr., on 
March 14. 

1968— To Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mc- 
Keigue (Mary Jeanne Sul- 
livan), a son, Patrick Jo- 
seph, on April 11. 

Condolences are offered to 

Mary Lou Julian Natoli '50 on 

the death of her father. 
Mary Jani Englert '51, Helena 

Jani Hurley '52, and Frances 

Jani '69 on the death of their 


Alicia Guedes Franzosa '68 on 

the death of her father. 
Paula Fisher Hayes '69 on the 

death of her husband in Vietnam. 

The alumnae extend a special note 
of sympathy to the family of Mar- 
garet Lehan '58. Margaret served 
as campus nurse at Newton in 1957 
and 1958, and is remembered with 
affection by many alumnae to whom 
she ministered. At the time of her 
death (of a respiratory ailment on 
August 1), she was a member of 
the biology faculty at Wilmington 
(Mass.) High School. 


Class Secretaries 

1950-1952: Alice Reardon Porell (Mrs. William J.) 

13 Everett Avenue, Winchester, Mass. 01890 


1955: Pat LeClaire Mitchell (Mrs. Emlyn V.) 

61 Beechwood Road, Wellesley, Mass. 02181 

1956-1957: Joan J. Hanlon 

5 Felton Court, Saugus, Mass. 01906 

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Rosemary Stuart Dwyer (Mrs. Bernard J.) 
511 V. F. W. Parkway, Chestnut HUl, Mass. 02167 

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JVl ARY J ANE JMUL VANITY l^asey (^jvirs. wiiiianij.j 
28 Briarwood Drive, Taunton, Mass. 02780 

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Julie A. O'Neill 

59 Mystic Street, West Medford, Mass. 02155 

lyoi : 

Julie Halleran Donahue (Mrs. Robert M.) 
15 Acacia Avenue, Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02167 

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Mary Ann Brennan Keyes (Mrs. Kenneth J.) 
37 WaU Street, WeUesley, Mass. 02181 

Mary Jane Becherer Person (Mrs. William) 
1 1 Linder Terrace, Newton, Mass. 02158 


Chip Donahue Boes (Mrs. Francis X., Jr.) 
5 Emerson Road, Wayland, Mass. 01778 


Catey Howell Long (Mrs. T. Michael) 

125 Pleasant Street, Apt. 406, Arlington, Mass. 02174 


Cathy Beyer Hurst (Mrs. David C.) 

117 Central Street, Apt. 5E, Acton, Mass. 01720 


Michele Mastrolia O'Gara (Mrs. Paul W.) 
14 Acorn Street, Boston, Mass. 02108 


Alicia Guedes Franzosa (Mrs. Peter F.) 
17 Sagamore Way, Waltham, Mass. 02154 


Susan L. Power 

49 Ackers Avenue, Brookline, Mass. 02146